Iranian Lawmakers Demand Say on Cabinet, Hinting at a Rift Among Hard-Liners
New York Times / Robert F. Worth & Nazila Fathi
10-Aug-2009 (one comment)

BEIRUT, Lebanon — About 200 conservative Iranian lawmakers signed a letter on Monday calling on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to consult them about cabinet appointments, the latest sign of a struggle among hard-liners that may limit the president’s political clout as he moves to form a new government in the coming week.

The lawmakers’ demands followed reports that Mr. Ahmadinejad had fired as many as 20 officials in Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. The purge appeared to be aimed at those who disagreed with the handling of the harsh crackdown on opposition protests in the wake of the disputed June 12 presidential election.


Only the beginning of A.N.'s troubles

by Patriot on

The Iranian Parliament didn't have an easy time with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his first term.  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term is starting with a much weakened position.  If he wants the Parliament to go easy on him he will have to behave and pay back for their support.  He will be a lot more limited in how many people he can alienate this time around, though I doubt that fact would make much of a difference to the IRI's bull in a china shop.