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Ahmadinejad Forced To Let VP Resign

From Iran’s Press TV:

In showdown, Ahmadinejad backs down on deputy pick

Sat, 25 Jul 2009

After a week of political bickering in Iran over the president’s choice of his top deputy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reverses his decision and accepts Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei’s resignation.

The official dismissal of President Ahmadinejad’s most senior vice president came after a handwritten note by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ordering the president to remove his vice president was made public on Friday.

"The appointment of Mr. Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei as presidential deputy is contrary to your interests and that of the government and a cause of division and frustration among your supporters. It is necessary for this appointment to be declared null and void," read the note by the Leader.

Rahim-Mashaei said late Friday that since the disclosure of the letter, he no longer considered himself as the first vice president, according to Ahmadinejad’s senior advisor, Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi.

"In the face of this decree, I don’t believe myself to be the first vice president," Mashaei was quoted as saying.

Later on Saturday, President Ahmadinejad, in a letter to Rahim-Mashaei, accepted his resignation.

However, Ahmadinejad acknowledged that he had expected the country’s political developments to play out in such a way that Rahim-Mashaei could have remained in the vice presidential post.

"Over the past week I was hoping that certain propaganda tactics and smear campaigns would be removed so that the administration could make use of your services in the post of vice president," read the letter.

The Iranian president also sent a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei informing him about his decision to accept Rahim-Mashaei’s resignation, ending a week of acrimony over the deputy.

"I hereby inform you that your order of July 18 has been carried out based on the Article 57 of the Constitution," read Ahmadinejad’s letter to the Leader.

According to the article, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has the final say in all matters of state and the executive branch, headed by the president, “functions under his supervision.”

Rahim-Mashaei’s appointment as the country’s vice president unleashed torrents of criticism from both the president’s supporters and opponents alike.

In 2008, Rahim-Mashaei turned into a controversial figure after saying that Iran is a "friend of the Israeli people". He later distanced himself from his remarks, saying that his comments had been misinterpreted.

Refusal by President Ahmadinejad to remove his first deputy drew harsh criticism from among his supporters in the Principlist camp in Iran.

The Iranian president and his cabinet members engaged in a verbal quarrel over his insistence on the choice on Thursday, with the ministers of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Intelligence and Labor staging a walk-out from the Cabinet meeting.

Hamid-Reza Katouzian, a member of the Principlist faction that holds the majority of seats in Parliament, said that President Ahmadinejad’s insistence on the appointment raises doubts about his "abidance" by the Leader, Etemad-e Melli reported on Thursday.

The Principlist lawmaker went on to urge Ahmadinejad to reverse his decision on the issue to prove that he is following the path of the late Founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei.

In separate remarks, Parviz Sarvari, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Majlis, also urged the president to revoke the appointment to "prove his commitment" to the Leader.

Rahim-Mashaei’s ouster was also demanded in a Friday sermon led by senior Principlist cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, with hundreds of students rallying in Tehran on Friday calling for his removal.

As the article notes, Mr. Mashaei’s crime against humanity Islam is that he once (allegedly) suggested that Iran and Israel could be friends.

But this story is more important for another reason. It once again shows what a complete and utter sham ‘elections’ are in the Islamic Republic Of Iran.

The Supreme Leader and his cabal of Mullahs call the shots. And everything else is just window dressing.

And it would still be window dressing, even if the “reformer” had won.

Unfortunately, Mr. Obama has announced that he is perfectly happy with the state of things in that dictatorship.

The US no longer seeks regime change.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Ahmadinejad Forced To Let VP Resign”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’ve had a theory percolating in my brain pan fora long time that The Won is a Kennedy operation to get Joe Biden the Presidency he could never get on his own, since Biden is a Kennedy stooge lock stock and barrel.

    I know. Too wild. But who could have imagined that Joe Kennedy’s #1 most feral ruthless blood oath enemy would end up marrying then thoroughly abusing his son’s widow? Yeah, the stuff of pulp fiction novels but it happened anyway.

    And does Mashei look just a little like John Kerry?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In showdown, Ahmadinejad backs down on deputy p(r)ick

    There, I fixed it.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “In the face of this decree, I don’t believe myself to be the first vice president,” Mashaei was quoted as saying.” … but I do get to keep sleeping in the palace with my dear Ahmadinejad … he continued.

    Traitorous o-blah-blah may join them from time to time … the (fictitous) article declared.

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