Iran's Khamenei tells Ahmadinejad to listen to criticism
AFP / Hiedeh Farmani
07-Sep-2009 (one comment)

TEHRAN — Iran?s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to listen to "benevolent criticism" as the hardliner began another term in office amid opposition claims his re-election was fraudulent.

"There is internal criticism backed by foreign media with the aim of sabotage but there is also benevolent criticism which may not come from supporters of the government but they contain good comments," Khamenei said in a meeting with Ahmadinejad and his cabinet, state television reported.

He called on the government to have its "ears open to criticism."

Also on Monday a leading Iranian conservative clerical group told Ahmadinejad to avoid "provocative" comments, in a first such message to the hardliner whose disputed re-election has bitterly divided the political elite.

"We ask the president and the government to seriously try to solve people's problems and the country's economic and social issues and avoid talking about unnecessary and provocative issues," the Society of Militant Clergy said in a statement.

"The comments made and the disrespect committed in the debates, speeches and rallies before and after the election caused divergence," said the statement carried on their official website.

The group also rebuked the opposition, which alleges the election was massively rigged, for pursuing its demands "outside law" and sp... >>>

Majid Zahrai

Practice what you preach

by Majid Zahrai on

Recent events showed that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is rather insignificant in the overall scheme of things in Iran.  It is Ali Khamenei himself who has acted in a divisive and criminal way vis a vis Iranian people.  He is the one who needs to listen more to criticism.  He is the one who has needed to change his ways for a very long time and has obstinately refused to do so.

People only laugh when they see the "vaaez e gheir e mottaez" of Iran go on stringing meaningless and empty words together, pretending to have an iota of compassion left in him.  Not so, and since June everyone knows it too.