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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Khamene'i, Ahmadinejad at Odds Over Intel Post

A simmering dispute between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader, ‘Ali Khamene'i, peaked today when the Supreme Leader issued a statement insisting that Ahmadinejad must retain Minister of Information (Intelligence) Heydar Moslehi, who had submitted his resignation in a dispute with Ahmadinejad and the latter had accepted it.

The Supreme Leader has the final say over security ministries, and if Ahmadinejad were to resist the order to restore Moslehi it could provoke a crisis.

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