Ahmadinejad demotes senior aides after rebuke from Iran's supreme leader

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demoted six senior foreign policy aides after the country's supreme leader criticized their appointments as special envoys, a state-owned newspaper reported Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad's decision to name close aides from outside the Foreign Ministry as special envoys to six regions — the Middle East, Asia, Caspian Sea, Afghanistan, Africa and Latin America — sparked sharp criticism from opponents, who argued the president was overstepping his authority.

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