Turnover and Turmoil in the Ahmadinejad Administration
Tehran Bureau / Muhammad Sahimi
24-Dec-2010 (4 comments)

The Tehran-based political analyst interviewed by Deutsche Welle agreed, saying of Mottaki's firing, "This decision was not what the Leader wanted and this has great importance. It means that there are efforts to transfer the center of gravity of Iranian diplomacy from the Leader to the president. Another implication is that Mashaei is effectively becoming the president, meaning in practical terms that he is making all the decisions for the president. This is what Kayhan is protesting."

In another development, Mehrdad Bazrpash, a close aide to Ahmadinejad and head of the National Organization for the Youth (NOY), was also fired. No official reason has been given, but Jahan News reported that Mashaei suggested to Bazrpash that he become Ahmadinejad's special envoy for Africa. According to the report, Bazrpash refused, saying, "This would be doing work parallel to the Foreign Ministry, which I am not ready to accept. If you do not want me to be involved with the NOY, state it more explicitly." He was referring to Khamenei's order of last September that forbade Ahmadinejad from appointing special envoys, calling it "parallel work." Mashaei has claimed that Bazrpash actually resigned two years ago, though he has been NOY chair for only 18 months.

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G. Rahmanian

خانه از بيخ ويران است••• مملي بفكرايوان است

G. Rahmanian

Under the rule of the murderous regime of coup d'état it does not in fact matter who serves the murderers in charge. What Iranians must concentrate on is how to bring about the downfall of this criminal regime. Articles such as this, no matter how innocent or even critical they may sound, are only desperate attempts at legitimizing the status quo and regime's foul existence. 


The more infighting

by mahmoudg on

the sooner we could pave the road for cleansing Iran of the infestation of the Islamic Rapist Cultists.  As the most effective way to be rid of pests is by "emshee", so is the most effective way to be rid of Islamic Cultists is by the force of the US/Israel bombs. 


hayf as IRan

by rtayebi1 on

ka dast in bisherafhast.


Attempted spin

by Fred on

Yet another attempted spin to put a victorious face on the losing side of the Islamist Rapists’ factional warfare.

BTW, what is new with lobbying for the Islamist Rapists’ weaponized nuke and is the suspect in mass murdering of Iranians during his eight years of Prime Ministering for the Islamist Rapists going to come clean about his participation in the crime?