Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Khamene'i Thwarts Ahmadinejad

Could this be the beginning of a long-expected turning of Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i on Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
"Iran's supreme leader on Monday reversed a decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and ordered him to implement a law supplying natural gas to remote villages amid rising dissatisfaction with the president's performance.

"The move by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was a major rebuke to the hardline president, whose popularity has been plummeting amid rising food prices and deaths due to gas cuts in the midst of a particularly harsh winter.

"In response to a request by the parliament, Khamenei ordered the president to implement a law spending $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) from the Currency Reserve Fund to supply gas to villages after he baulked for budgetary reasons."

I wonder what sorts of political themes were woven into Ashura commemorations in rural Iran?



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