Asadollah Badamchian, one of the most prominent figures of the traditional-Conservative Islamic Coalition Party, referring to the various views amongst Iran’s Reformists, and that they have written a letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in order to prepare the way for former President Mohammad Khatami to run in the June 2013 presidential election.
Moreover, Badamchian has claimed that the letter in question was delivered to the Supreme Leader by Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council.
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.
President Ahmadinejad yesterday wrote a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying “he is sure that [the Supreme Leader] disagrees with the President’s powers being tampered with”. The letter followed those of Majles Speaker, Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief, Sadeq Larijani, pledging to abide by Khamenei’s order to refrain from publicly airing the differences between the heads of the respective branches of government. Ahmadinejad’s letter has already been depicted as audacious, particularly when compared with the subdued and compliant tone of Ali and Sadeq Larijani’s letters to the Supreme Leader.
Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the hardline Keyhan newspaper and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative to the Keyhan Institute, on Wednesday called former President Mohammad Khatami a “traitor” and “betrayer of his country” because of his meeting with the Hungarian-American business magnate George Soros and questioning the result of the 2009 presidential election.
Serat News, a hardline outlet often critical of the president and his administration and said to be close to Kayhan, launches an attack against several of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s allies including, First Vice Minister, Mohammadreza Rahimi and Press advisor, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, who has been recently jailed. The main object of derision is their allegedly “eulogising” of political figures they turned against once they obtained high office in the Ahmadinejad government.