July 27, 2009

CONSERVATIVES VS TWELVERS:

Iran president clashes with conservatives; 2 protesters said to die in custody: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad angers fellow hard-liners by firing at least two ministers, but backtracks later and blames media for furor. (Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, July 27, 2009, LA Times)

New ruptures emerged in Iran's government Sunday when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad angered fellow conservatives by abruptly sacking as many as four ministers who had opposed his choice for vice president.

Ahmadinejad later backtracked on his decision, saying he had fired only one minister, and blamed the media for creating the uproar. [...]

The controversy marked the second time in recent days that Ahmadinejad has faced off against fellow conservatives and been forced to back down.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2009 7:45 AM
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