Reports that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to remain at the presidential compound on Pasteur Street by opening an “office of the former president” has been denied by both the president and his deputy executive. Yesterday, several websites published a letter written by Gholam Hossein Elham, deputy for management development and human capital of the president’s office, to Hamid Baghaei, deputy executive of the president. In the letter, which was obtained and photocopied by the website Etedaal originally, Elham writes of “the necessity to benefit from the worthwhile and effective experience of the former president.” Continue reading
Conservative newspaper Ebtekar speculated on the topic of what president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his controversial Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei will do once they leave office early August. According to Ebtekar, “Although this issue always exists, there has never been as much ambiguity about the future of a president and his deputies as there is about Ahmadinejad and his inner circle.”
Yesterday afternoon, Mehr News reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been summoned to branch 76 of the criminal court in Tehran. According to Mehr, the complaint was filed by parliament speaker Ali Larijani, the head of parliament’s Article 90 committee, and Yaghoub Khalil Nejad.
The relationship between Ahmadinejad and Larijani is perhaps the most acrimonious among the top positions of power in the Islamic Republic. In February, on the parliament floor, Ahmadinejad played an audio recording which reportedly implicated Larijani’s brother in financial corruption. Parliament immediately then voted to sack Ahmadinejad’s labor minister. Only with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s public warning did tensions subside.