Iran’s top leaders appear to be quarreling in public, as pressure mounts on the government due to deteriorating economic conditions.
A war of words broke out between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani during the weekend and the Iranian press has taken the unusual step of publicizing their quarrel.
President Ahmadinejad reportedly slammed Sadegh Larijani in a speech to religious leaders Sunday, calling a suspended sentence against a top aide “strange.” Mr. Ahmadinejad’s deputy chief of staff, Jafar Behdad, was punished for writing an article criticizing Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, the brother of the judiciary chief.
Justice Larijani described Mr. Ahmadinejad’s speech as “unjustifiable” in the Tehran press, contending the president should use “sober, dignified and fair language.”
Tensions between the Larijani brothers, and President Ahmadinejad have received widespread attention in recent months.