Ahmadinejad absence fuels talks of Iran political crisis

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s absence from a cabinet meeting Wednesday, his second no-show this week, and his absence from the public light since April 22, have fuelled talks of a serious political crisis in Iran.

The hardline president disappeared from public soon after his failed attempt to get Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi to resign, websites and blogs have said.

Moslehi submitted his resignation around a fortnight ago, but it was rejected by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, despite Ahmadinejad accepting it.

Ahmadinejad was also absent Tuesday from a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, the body that regulates educational and cultural issues, and which he chairs.

Such absence is quite unusual for Ahmadinejad, who is omnipresent in the media and is known for his near daily public appearances and fiery speeches.

State media have not offered any explanation on his absence.

But several websites and blogs close to conservative factions suggested that Ahmadinejad, by adopting the policy of an empty chair, has initiated a trial of strength to defend his prerogatives, which he believes are threatened by his ultra-conservative opponents.

Bornanews, which is linked to state news agency IRNA, reported on its website that Ahmadinejad told a visitor that there was a “conspiracy” to curtail his powers.

The reformist opposition website Rahesabz reported that the president had expressed to another visitor his frustration at not being able to dismiss Moslehi.

None of these reports were confirmed by a direct source, and several media close to the hardliners have denied the existence of any differences at the top of the power structure and condemned the talks as “propaganda by enemies” of Iran.

However, conservative website Khabaronline said Wednesday that around 50 lawmakers signed a petition demanding the president to appear before parliament and explain himself.

Bornanews said Ahmadinejad has decided to “settle the problem directly with the supreme leader.

The crisis seems to have been aggravated by accusations from ultra-conservatives that Ahmadinejad’s close aide and chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, was the one who planned Moslehi’s ouster.

Ahmadinejad’s opponents have rallied against Mashaie, who has been defended tooth and nail by the president, accusing him of leading a “current of deviation” aimed at destroying the Islamic regime.

The weekly newspaper of the Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards accused Mashaie and his “dangerous group” of trying to take control of the intelligence ministry ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections.

The legislative election is scheduled for next March, while the presidential poll will be held in 2013.

Meanwhile, a journalist working with Iran’s leading hardline daily Kayhan reminded Ahmadinejad in his blog Wednesday about the fate of former president Abolhassan Banisadr.

Banisadr was dismissed by the parliament in 1981 after he opposed Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Daily nation

  • Hannibal

    My God is he ugly, on the inside as much as on the outside…

  • My God is he ugly, on the inside as much as on the outside…

  • Leborigine

    Hey najjad / i’m here!! Can you see me??! (0) o/ )0( yoohoo here – straight ahead!

    • Hannibal

      LOL

  • Leborigine

    Hey najjad / i’m here!! Can you see me??! (0) o/ )0( yoohoo here – straight ahead!

    • Hannibal

      LOL

  • Anonymous

    Hey najjad / i’m here!! Can you see me??! (0) o/ )0( yoohoo here – straight ahead!

  • LebinTheBlood

    conspiracy? by who the Israelis? LOL

  • Anonymous

    conspiracy? by who the Israelis? LOL

  • once again,

    The journalism of Ya libnan must be at childs level,
    to show a photshopped picture of a president of a country
    to look like that,is not professional,its childish,weather u agree
    with him or not…haram to see journalism reach such a child fate,
    in the U.S.you would never see that…

    • sam_shaker

      Michael he’s being hypnotized here lol. Or maybe is it that Ahmadinejad falling asleep during cabinet meeting with Khomemini lol.

    • Beiruti

      They must deprive you of basic technology in Iran.
      In the USA you never see that? Photoshoping? Where have you been the last 100 years? In an Iranian prison?
      They photoshoped George Bushes pictures so much and all the celebrities they gave a whole new meaning to the word photoshop.

      • Beiruti,

        I meant the class of the new york times,walls street journal USA today,

        etc….putting a presidents face in such form is not professional,and seeing

        you and ur cronies that support it,it makes me wonder how professional you

        guys are…wow you guys have to attack everything…my point is there is no

        point in showing an image like that..show the story and regular pic and move on

        and to my point if i saw that bout harriri or geagea or king abdallah,i would make

        the same argument…..Good Day

    • guss043

      you are very sensitive to Najjad ? you can cry if you like

  • once again,

    The journalism of Ya libnan must be at childs level,
    to show a photshopped picture of a president of a country
    to look like that,is not professional,its childish,weather u agree
    with him or not…haram to see journalism reach such a child fate,
    in the U.S.you would never see that…

    • sam_shaker

      Michael he’s being hypnotized here lol. Or maybe is it that Ahmadinejad falling asleep during cabinet meeting with Khomemini lol.

    • Beiruti

      They must deprive you of basic technology in Iran.
      In the USA you never see that? Photoshoping? Where have you been the last 100 years? In an Iranian prison?
      They photoshoped George Bushes pictures so much and all the celebrities they gave a whole new meaning to the word photoshop.

      • Beiruti,

        I meant the class of the new york times,walls street journal USA today,

        etc….putting a presidents face in such form is not professional,and seeing

        you and ur cronies that support it,it makes me wonder how professional you

        guys are…wow you guys have to attack everything…my point is there is no

        point in showing an image like that..show the story and regular pic and move on

        and to my point if i saw that bout harriri or geagea or king abdallah,i would make

        the same argument…..Good Day

    • guss043

      you are very sensitive to Najjad ? you can cry if you like

  • once again,

    The journalism of Ya libnan must be at childs level,
    to show a photshopped picture of a president of a country
    to look like that,is not professional,its childish,weather u agree
    with him or not…haram to see journalism reach such a child fate,
    in the U.S.you would never see that…

    • Anonymous

      Michael he’s being hypnotized here lol. Or maybe is it that Ahmadinejad falling asleep during cabinet meeting with Khomemini lol.

    • Anonymous

      They must deprive you of basic technology in Iran.
      In the USA you never see that? Photoshoping? Where have you been the last 100 years? In an Iranian prison?
      They photoshoped George Bushes pictures so much and all the celebrities they gave a whole new meaning to the word photoshop.

      • Beiruti,

        I meant the class of the new york times,walls street journal USA today,

        etc….putting a presidents face in such form is not professional,and seeing

        you and ur cronies that support it,it makes me wonder how professional you

        guys are…wow you guys have to attack everything…my point is there is no

        point in showing an image like that..show the story and regular pic and move on

        and to my point if i saw that bout harriri or geagea or king abdallah,i would make

        the same argument…..Good Day

      • Beiruti,

        I meant the class of the new york times,walls street journal USA today,

        etc….putting a presidents face in such form is not professional,and seeing

        you and ur cronies that support it,it makes me wonder how professional you

        guys are…wow you guys have to attack everything…my point is there is no

        point in showing an image like that..show the story and regular pic and move on

        and to my point if i saw that bout harriri or geagea or king abdallah,i would make

        the same argument…..Good Day

    • guss043

      you are very sensitive to Najjad ? you can cry if you like

  • guss043

    in this pic he loks like he’s jac kin it o fffffffffffffffff :)))

  • guss043

    in this pic he loks like he’s jac kin it o fffffffffffffffff :)))

  • ghzayel

    lol, hilarious, who took this shot??? assuming the photogenic portrait of ahmedi najad on the rebound was not altered nor retouched in any shape or form, it sure gives a new meaning to the saying:” ain fiyye w ayn bil achrafieh”.

  • ghzayel

    lol, hilarious, who took this shot??? assuming the photogenic portrait of ahmedi najad on the rebound was not altered nor retouched in any shape or form, it sure gives a new meaning to the saying:” ain fiyye w ayn bil achrafieh”.

  • Anonymous

    lol, hilarious, who took this shot??? assuming the photogenic portrait of ahmedi najad on the rebound was not altered nor retouched in any shape or form, it sure gives a new meaning to the saying:” ain fiyye w ayn bil achrafieh”.

  • Beiruti

    I wonder who taught the monkey how to cross his eyes. This must be the first achievement in Iranian history.

  • Beiruti

    I wonder who taught the monkey how to cross his eyes. This must be the first achievement in Iranian history.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder who taught the monkey how to cross his eyes. This must be the first achievement in Iranian history.

  • antar2011

    i have read somewhere that Ahmadinajad is actually not that religious…
    so in essence, it was sooner or later that he would disagree with khamenei…

    but would we see him to the side of Moussavi and Karroubi?…wherever they are…

    i am sensing that the revolution wave will be successful this time round in iran.

  • Anonymous

    i have read somewhere that Ahmadinajad is actually not that religious…
    so in essence, it was sooner or later that he would disagree with khamenei…

    but would we see him to the side of Moussavi and Karroubi?…wherever they are…

    i am sensing that the revolution wave will be successful this time round in iran.