So Long, Ahmadinejad
The Daily Beast / Omid Memarian
26-Nov-2010 (4 comments)

With a rapidly eroding power base and a close brush with impeachment this week, the Iranian president is in trouble—and the ayatollah may not prop him up much longer.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in trouble. Recently, the Iranian president faced an insurrection among lawmakers, who are seeking his impeachment for various law violations. Pro-democracy politicians, reformists, moderate conservatives and even Ahmadinejad’s former allies are still calling for reform. Key religious leaders have repeatedly shown their dissatisfaction with Ahmadinejad, who has had to travel to the holy city of Quom several times during the past few months to heal the divide. And observers within Iran believe that, due to multilateral sanctions and the government’s economic policies, the president’s powerbase is eroding.

Ahmadinejad's "domestic political aggression might lead the country into social and political instability—similar to or even worse than what the country went through after the 2009 Presidential elections," Ali-Akbar Mousavi Khoeini, a former Iranian lawmaker told The Daily Beast in an interview Thursday. "The move by the Iranian parliament to question and to [try to] eventually impeach Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicates a serious divide amongst the conservatives in power."

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Sargord Pirouz

For how long now has Omid

by Sargord Pirouz on

For how long now has Omid been claiming the sky is falling in on Iran?

Sheesh, you'd think these self-exiles would at some point get a hint of reality. But hey, without their delusions, what else would they have?



by yolanda on

Thank you, azadi5, for your input and insight!

AN is pretty bad.......oh gosh, someone could be worse than, thanks!


If AN gets kicked out

by azadi5 on

It could get worse. There will be two choices, the revolutionary guards, which means Iran will be officially run like a military state, much like North Korea. Or Khamenei will take control over whatever little power that AN had. So the options are fully militarized, or fully arabisized. I don't see these people giving room for any other faction to get involved. Maybe iran is better off with AN at this point.



by yolanda on

Thank you for the article.......just wonder who will be the successor if AN gets kicked out! One of 12 vice presidents?