Iran General NewsKhamenei backs president, wants end to crisis: TV

Khamenei backs president, wants end to crisis: TV

-

AFP: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government and called for an end to the crisis within the ruling conservative camp, state television said.

by Farhad Pouladi

TEHRAN, May 29, 2011 (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday backed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government and called for an end to the crisis within the ruling conservative camp, state television said.

“While there are weakness and problems … the composition of the executive branch is good and appropriate, and the government is working. The government and parliament must help each other,” Khamenei said.

“When a law is passed, the government must implement it with full power and without any excuse,” Khamenei, who has the final say in the Islamic republic, told the Iranian parliament.

“Friendship and tolerance are necessities in the country and in the interaction between the parliament and the government,” he told Iran’s conservative-dominated legislature.

Ahmadinejad withdrew from public life for 10 days in late April in protest at Khamenei’s veto of his decision to dismiss Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi.

The showdown triggered a political crisis within the conservatives in Iran’s political hierarchy, with the ultra-religious conservatives denouncing Ahmadinejad’s decision as a threat to the regime and urging him to toe the line.

The ultra-conservatives, among them the clerics and parliamentarians, denounced Ahmadinejad’s boycott of his public duties and urged him to return to the “right path” and obey Khamenei.

They virulently attacked Ahmadinejad’s cabinet, in particular his chief of staff and closest confidant Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie for being too liberal, too nationalistic and for wielding too much influence on the president, claiming that he is the source of the current crisis.

Over the past month, ultra-conservatives have repeatedly called for Mashaie’s dismissal, blaming him for “a current of deviancy” they say is afflicting the government.

The battle between government and parliament has heightened in recent months, especially during parliament’s debate of the government budget, and the scrapping of subsidies on electricity, gas, petrol and bread.

Ahmadinejad’s cabinet reshuffle, aimed at merging the oil and energy portfolios, also caused consternation among conservatives, notably his May 15 decision to assume temporary control of the ministry himself.

Latest news

What Is Happening in Iran?

Following the brutal killing of Masha Amini, the Iranian people have once again united to fight and defeat the...

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Must read

Future uncertain for Iranian dissidents living in Iraq

Knight Ridder Newspapers: CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq - Iraq has...

Students protest insufficient university services

Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 – Hundreds of students...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you