January 21, 2008


Ayatollah humiliates president over gas (Margaret Neighbour, 1/22/08, The Scotsman)

THE Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was publicly humiliated yesterday after the country's supreme leader overruled his decision not to implement a law requiring the government to supply gas to remote villages.
The move, by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was a blow to the president, whose popularity has been plummeting amid rising food prices and deaths due to gas cuts in the midst of a particularly harsh winter.

In response to a request by the conservative-dominated parliament, Mr Khamenei ordered him to implement a law MPs had passed to spend £500 million to supply gas to villages. Mr Ahmadinejad had refused for budgetary reasons.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2008 9:47 PM

Will Mahmoud listen? He still has about 20 months to go before the next election.

And if he does, will he shift the money from the Revolutionary Guards? The Quds Force? The private slush funds of the mega-mosques? His own off-the-books security forces? The road construction projects (the 12-lane highway designed for the hidden imam)? From Hezbollah?

Decisions, decisions.

Posted by: ratbert at January 22, 2008 12:52 AM

Not necessarily, calling early elections has already been broached.

Posted by: oj at January 22, 2008 8:13 AM

"Ayatollah humiliates president over gas".

There's a good story in there, I'm sure.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 22, 2008 8:22 AM