Paris, 22 April (IPS) In an unprecedented criticism of the Head of the Legislative power by his counterpart at the Executive branch, the fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses Mr. Qolamali Haddad Adel of “calumny”, “hasty” and “illegal” the decision of the Speaker of the Majles to communicate the concerned administrations the application of laws passed by the Majles.
Mr. Ahmadinejad harsh letter to Mr. Hadad Adel, accused of “calumnies against the President concerning his refusal to apply three laws approved by the Majles”, was passed on late 21 April 2008 by his office to all Iranian media for immediate publication.
Your illegal action, which surprised everyone, is a new occasion for the ill-wishers to continue their baseless pressures on the President".
“Your illegal action, which surprised everyone, is a new occasion for the ill-wishers to continue their baseless pressures on the President. Therefore, who is responsible for the calumny against the President and the attacks against him and how this big damage can be repaired and compensate?”, the letter says.
The origin of the raw between the two men goes back to February, when the Majles (Iranian Parliament) criticized the Executive for not having communicate concerned administrations about three laws approved by the Majles.
According to the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President has five days to make sure that laws passed by lawmakers are properly printed in the Official newspaper and passed on the concerned administrations for application.
Realising that the President had taken no action about three laws that had been approved by the Majles several weeks before, the Speaker had ordered the Official newspaper to print them, thus making them into laws that must be carried out by concerned ministries.
Ayatollah Khamenehi sided with the Speaker against the President.
The three bills are dealing with the registration of innovations and inventions and two agreements between Iran in the one hand, Kuwait and Kirghizstan on the other.
The decision of the Speaker of the Majles angered the President, who complained to the “Guide” of the regime, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, who, in response, indirectly supported Mr. Haddad Adel, -- a close family relation --, ruling that “laws passed by the Majles must be observed and obeyed by all Administrations of the nation, including the Government”.
In his letter, Mr. Ahmadinejad insists that the decision of Mr. Haddad Adel in ordering the Official newspaper to print the laws and also to communicate them to the concerned authorities for application is “illegal” and “unexplainable”.
However, the office of the Speaker of the Majles says Mr. Haddad Adel had communicated nothing with the authorities, only ordered the Official newspaper to print them, since the President had failed to carry out the Constitution.
“Why the haste? Who is responsible for the calumny and the blunder against the President? How one can explain an illegal action from the Speaker of the Majles?”, Mr. Ahmadinejad says in his missive.
“Please, Mr. President, do not repeat to the people your old rhetoric that all the economic ills of the country are the work of the enemies...
Observers noted that the new conflict between the two powerful personalities of the Iranian regime surfaces at a time that Mr. Ahmadinejad is under growing pressures from all sides at home because of his economic policies.
Some days ago, three senior ayatollahs openly criticized Mr. Ahmadinejad, pointing to him as the very person directly responsible for the suffering of the poorer classes, crushed under the burden of prices that goes up almost daily special basic foodstuffs.
“Please, Mr. President, do not repeat to the people your old rhetoric that all the economic ills of the country are the work of the enemies, that you inherited them from past governments, that plotters are at work to destroy your policies. No Mr. President. The reasons for the miserable economic situation are your ill-conceived policies and your insisting on not listening to anyone, particularly the experts”, wrote on 20 April 2008 Dr. Sadeq Ziba Kalam, a professor of international relations at Tehran Univdersity in the pro-reform daily E’temad Melli. ENDS AHMADI ATTACKS HADDAD ADEL 22408