Friday Prayer Leader: “Future President Must reply “Yes, I accept” to Call of Leader”

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Friday Prayer leader, Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Emami Kashani, has said
 in his Friday prayer sermon that “the future president must reply “yes, I accept” to the call of the Leader and move in this path”.

Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Chief of the Inspectorate Organization, on Wednesday evening while amongst a group of clerical students in Qom, claimed that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad, disagreed over his being sacked as Minister of Interior in the course of the latter’s first term back in 2008.

Pourmohammadi claimed that Ahmadinejad on two occasions tried to sack him, but met with the overt disagreement of the Supreme Leader. The third time that Ahmadinejad sought to fire Pourmohammadi, without first consulting the Supreme Leader, the president simply issued his removal.

Mostafa Pourmohammadi is also in the news because he has expressed his readiness to support the hardline, Friday prayer leader and powerful member of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, if he should decide to run in the presidential election.

Javan Online, close to the Revolutionary Guards, reports the comments of Mohammadreza Naqdi, the head of the paramilitary Basij organization, in the course of a speech in Zanjan, “the bad state of the European and American economy, is beyond the point of return to the right path, unless they distance themselves from the thought of liberal democracy and have a change of ideology”.

Kamaleddin Pirmoazen, an MP for Ardebil has spoken to Khabarnegaran-e Bashgah regarding the electoral activities of the Faction of the Seekers of Guardianship (feraksion-e rahrovan-e velayat), stating: “this faction is out to support someone to enter the electoral scene who has a strong economic team and experience with international diplomacy”.

Pirmoazen continued, “individuals such as Qalibaf and Velayati in the Faction of Seekers have been put forward, but up to now we haven’t reached a unified result on this issue”.

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Khane-ye Mellat, the Majles news agency reports the comments of Ala’oddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, who has claimed, “the West along with some regional countries has taken aim at Iraq’s unity”.

The prominent MP added, “after the fall of the previous dictatorship in Iraq, American and the Zionist services are trying to create crises and instability in this country…The path that Iraq has adopted for shaping an independent nation based on the national interest will never be stopped by the actions of America and the Zionist regime”.

Moreover, Boroujerdi stressed, “the weakening of power in Iraq with the goal creating indecision and thereby preventing this country from reaching its original position amongst the Islamic nations has been the goal of the West and Saudi Arabia since the fall of Saddam”.

Entekhab reports India has allegedly threatened to reduce its oil purchases from the Islamic Republic, unless a price reduction of 10-15% is forthcoming.

Hardline Daneshju News claims that the “usurping regime” [i.e. Israel] is worried about possible action by the United Nations vis-à-vis on-going settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Conservative site Entekhab covers the comments of Russian President Vladimir Putin which have been deemed critical of the Muslim clergy and Islamic headscarf known as the hejab. To Entekhab’s dismay, Putin is reported as saying “that there is no reason for use of the hejab in Russia’s centres of learning!”.  Entekhab then connects Putin’s statements to the banning of the hejab at a girls’ school in southern Russia, which has since been upheld in a local Russian court and upheld the ban as “legal”.