Iran's controversial new VP denies quitting
AP / Siavosh Ghazi
20-Jul-2009 (one comment)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial choice for vice president on Monday denied reports he has quit, despite his appointment ruffling feathers even among hardliners.

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, considered a close confidant of the newly re-elected president, dismissed the media reports of his resignation as "lies," according to his personal website.

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rosie is roxy is roshan

Not enough is being made of this yet.

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

AN siad recently he would change about 50% of his cabinet and by making this gesture with the senior VP, he is doing it. By creating this rift with the hardline clerics in doing so, it calls into question either a) his dependence on Khamenei now in making such an independent decision; or b) Khamenei's affiliations with these hardliners. Probably b) Khamenei is trying to appease the Reformists. ANd willing to alienate certain hardliners. Well, that would be the price you pay when you overstep your bounds.