Why did Khamenei Stop Ahmadinejad Grilling?


Baztab-e emruz has claimed, in yet another controversial article, that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued an executive order to prevent the Majles’ questioning of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, because he knew Ahmadinejad intended to heap blame on the “regime” and perhaps even Khamenei himself for the currency crisis when queried.

“There is no doubting this point that the ninth and 10th governments more than any time previously in the life of the Islamic Republic, have enjoyed the powers of the Guardianship of the Jurist and the support of the Leader of the regime; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad more than any head of government in the history of the revolution is indebted to the special support of the Leader. While the honourable head of government [Ahmadinejad] [showed his] gratitude with behaviour like resisting the [Supreme Leader’s] executive order for five days for the removal of [Esfandiar Rahim] Mashaei for first vice president [Ahmadinejad had initially appointed Mashaei first vice president in 2009], staying at home for 11 days in the face of the executive order [of the Supreme Leader] for the reinstatement of the minister of intelligence and a variety of other actions incompatible with the [appropriate] respect regarding the Leader, of which the last one was a letter mocking the guidance of the Leader to the heads of the branches [of government] on unity and [Ahmadinejad’s] non-appearance at the mourning ceremony hosted by the Leader. This kind of engagement between the heads of government and the Guardian Jurist [Khamenei], whether in the time of Imam Khomeini or the era of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is unprecedented.”

“…It seems that the kind of executive order [issued by] the Leader of the Revolution for the president’s questioning, is different from the kind of past messages issued by the Supreme Leader’s office to the Majles regarding tolerance and cooperation with the government; even different from those special messages given by the Leader of the Revolution to the seventh Majles in support of the government. In the eighth and ninth Majleses there were numerous instances of such messages, which were supportive in nature.”

“In these circumstances it seems that the Leader of the Revolution’s halting the plan to question [the president], rather than [an act] in support of the government, is an effort to prevent political disputes from leaving the regime’s control.

Khameini’s meaningful comments explaining why he halted the Majles’ questioning and his allusion to the government’s inclination and readiness to respond to the Majles shows this intervention was unwanted by the government and the president probably had the intention, the knowledge of which had been conveyed to the Leader, to shirk responsibility for the currency crisis.

Though naturally the Majles representatives would not have been satisfied by this and most probably would have voted after the questioning, and Ahmadinejad wouldn’t have been strong enough to obtain a majority. But he would have made propagandistic use of the issue and … projected responsibility for the inflammation of the currency market onto the regime.”

“…The Leader of the Revolution by stopping the president’s questioning, in fact prevented this [from taking place], because the negative view of the Majles to the answers of Ahmadinejad practically will not have any effect until the conditions obtain for a vote of no confidence.

Read in such a light, the absence [of any display of] happiness by Ahmadinejad and his refraining from writing a letter or expressing in a speech his gratitude for the support of the Leader, is itself testament to this interpretation, because Ahmadinejad also apparently doesn’t regard this executive order as a sign of support for the government.”

In other news

Majles Speaker Ali Larijani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and discussed the key issues affecting the region, above all the situation in Syria.

Khabar Online quotes as Larijani saying: “Democratic reforms must take place in Syria and our differences with some countries regarding the issue of Syria is that they believe that democracy will be established in this country with tanks and armaments and we disagree with their view, because the action of some countries in Syria will result in an increase in terrorists.”

On the order of Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards, Hojjat al-Islam Ali Saedi, Col. Rasul Senai Rad has been appointed as the new chief of the Revolutionary Guards’ Political Bureau.

Fars News, has posted a story which claims to be based on an “informed source” stating that individuals arrested in connection with Mehdi Hashemi, the son of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, have been charged with “immense financial corruption.” The source also claimed that the arrested individuals have proven helpful in clarifying the case against Mehdi Hashemi, who continues to be detained in Evin jail.

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