Avaz Heydarpur, MP for Shahrreza, severely criticized President Ahmadinejad on the Majles floor over issuing a circular to a number of executive offices telling them not to cooperate with parliamentarians.
Yesterday Fars News published a scanned copy of confidential instructions to executive authorities across the country in which Ahmadinejad emphasized they resist any any kind of action by MPs to bring pressure for the appointment or deposition of executive managers. Ahmadinejad insists that the power to hire and fire with respect to such offices belongs exclusively to him. Fars News has had a strained relationship with Ahmadinejad of late, with the president going as far as to call it “a media outlet beholden to the security organs” and questioning its reasons for expressing opinions on the country’s political affairs.
The Intelligence Ministry yesterday published a report investigating the methods and plans of “America’s security council”, including its “recommendations on activation of bases for the spread of economic discontent”.
Moreover, Intelligence Minister, Heydar Moslehi in a press conference welcoming home a group of Iranian citizens who had been held captive in Libya, commented on the threat of cyber warfare against Iran, stating: “these threats exist every day and the intelligence apparatus nullifies the activities of the enemy every day and confronts them. Some of these cases can be stated, while others are not at the level at which we need to state them”.
On the question of the U.S. State Department’s delisting of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, also known as the Mojahedin-e Khalq, Moslehi claimed, “at present we have precise information that America and even some European countries have put much equipment and facilities in the control of the Hypocrites [i.e. the Mojahedin-e Khalq]. Of course we have actions for the neutralization of this support and backing, which there is no need to announce”.
Finally the Intelligence Minister commented on the issue of the West’s “psychological warfare” against the Islamic Republic claiming, “one big plan of psychological operations will be pursued. In other words, in the coming months action in the sphere of psychological warfare will worsen and the psychological war will be greater than the economic and diplomatic war”.
Bizhan Nobave, a member of the Majles’ supervisory council of Seda va Sima, Iran’s state broadcaster, has rejected the claim that the Iranian cameraman who sought refuge in the U.S. after President Ahmadinejad’s latest trip was a Seda va Sima employee.
“On the basis of the research I have done the individual who sought refuge in America was a member of Ahmadinejad’s accompanying delegation and the president’s office and had no relation to the organization of Seda va Sima”.
Farda News in conversation with MP, Avaz Heydarpur, reports an ultimatum made to Majles Speaker Ali Larijani, for an upcoming parliamentary questioning of President Ahmadinejad over the country’s economic situation and the plummeting value of the rial. The last time Ahmadinejad was questioned in the Majles it was seen as far from a success with the president ridiculing his critics in the Majles more than anything.
Heydarpur however stressed to Farda News, “this time the case is completely different. From now we have said to Larijani that Ahmadinjead might say something [that is not appropriate] to the stature of the President of Iran and not the representatives of the Majles…we have given the Majles Speaker [i.e. Larijani] an ultimatum that if Ahmadinejad leaves the matter under discussion, that he counters in the same way he does with the MPs and cuts his [i.e. Ahmadinejad’s] microphone”.
Ahmadinejad in March of this year became the only president in the history of the Islamic Republic to ever be summoned to the Majles to answer questions. This second round of questioning will also make him the only Iranian president ever to have been summoned to the Majles to answer question twice in the space of a single year.
Mashreq News argues that the next president must have the characteristics of Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force.
Farda News slams a poll done by the government affiliated Iran Newspaper which claims that 57% of Iranians would welcome Ahmadinejad’s candidacy in the upcoming presidential election. Farda News accuses Iran of being preoccupied with a “Putin- Medvedev project”.
Mehr News carries excerpts from Arman newspaper’s interview with former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, in which he claims “Israel cannot attack Iran on its own. If it attacks (Iran), it must be sure that the United States will join it, either at the beginning (of the war) or during (the war). Therefore, it needs the United States’ permission”.
Etemaad and Mehr News cover Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi’s interview with Der Spiegel in which he Iran is prepared to “offer an exchange” if its right to uranium enrichment is recognized by the P5+1.