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September 7, 2007

Ahmadinezhad's Power Slipping in Iran

In a paper published yesterday for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy titled "Ahmadinezhad's Power Slipping in Iran" Patrick Clawson and Mehdi Khalaji showed how the 4 September election of Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafasnjani as chairman of the Assembly of Experts and the 1 September appointment of Ali Jafari as the new commander of the IRGC are both events that suggest that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad's power is waning.

Rafsanjani was elected in a close vote over contender Ahmad Jannati. As the paper said, "The failure of Jannati, a major supporter of Ahmadinezhad's 2005 election as a member of the Guardian Council, shows that many senior clerics are skeptical about the president's hardline approach." The new head of the IRGC replaced Rahim Safavi, who had been one of Ahmadinezhad's most powerful allies in the Iranian government. Read the paper here.

Crossposted to The Satellite News



Posted by John at September 7, 2007 6:33 PM





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