January 21, 2008


Iran Leader Backs Parliament in Dispute with Ahmadinejad (AFP, 1/21/08)

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has backed parliament in a dispute with hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had objected to several measures adopted by MPs, the ISNA news agency said on Monday.

Ahmadinejad had criticised parliament, which is dominated by fellow conservatives, for overturning his decision to dissolve several institutions -- including the Monetary and Credit Council, a key financial policy maker -- as well as his abolition of summer time in Iran.

"Laws adopted through the process defined by the constitution must be respected by all organs," Khamenei said in a letter to parliament speaker Gholam Ali Hadad Adel.

...to imagine them "fellow conservatives" to Ahmedinejad, whose election was a loss for Ayatollah Khamenei and the conservatives.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2008 8:21 AM
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