Paris, 30 April (IPS) Last week was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “black week”, as in less than six days, he was bitterly criticized, sadly humiliated, badly rebuked and fiercely attacked by some most senior ayatollahs, important ministers and lawmakers.
The first salvo was shot by Mr. Qolamali Hadad Adel, the Speaker of the Majles, or the Iranian Parliament, and the last by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the Head of the Judiciary, accusing the fanatic President of “sloganmania”, giving wrong data to the public about inflation, deliberate description of events in the wrong way, elimination of his rivals and opponents under fallacious idea of fighting against corruption and neglecting his constitutional duties.
Your action not only was calumnious against the President, but also illegal and hasty
Mr. Haddad Adel’s accusations were contained in a public letter in response to a previous letter made public by Mr. Ahmadinejad, in which, in strong terms, he accused the Speaker of the House of not only trespassing his constitutional responsibilities, but also interfering in the duties of the President, by ordering the Official Newspaper to print several laws adopted by the Majles and then ordering concerned administrations and offices to carry them.
“Your action not only was calumnious against the President, but also illegal and hasty”, Mr. Ahmadinejad said in his unprecedented letter. (See IPS article on 23 April, entitled “Ahmadinejad Attacks Haddad Adel)
In sharp contrast with the letter of Mr. Ahmadinejad, which was abrupt, impolite, aggressive and “undiplomatic”, Mr. Haddad Adel’s was written in very polite words, but very “professorial” tone, refuting the President’s accusations and reminding him that at several occasions, he had failed, or neglected, deliberately or not, some times for months, to order the Official Newspaper to print approved laws and then tell his Administration to carry tem out.
According to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the president has five days to communicate laws passed by the Parliament to the Official Newspaper and then 72 hours to inform all concerned offices for them to execute the new laws.
“If I ordered the Official Newspaper to print the new laws, it was because you have neglected your responsibilities, refusing to execute news laws despite the fact that some of them had been passed by the Majles for more than 3 months. I also suggest to you stop deforming facts, since I never ordered any concerned ministry or administration to execute the new laws, something you should have done in time, but again, failed to do”, Mr. Haddad Adel observed.
Ayatollah Shahroudi accused the President of using the fighjt against corruption for eliminating his opponents
“Anyway, people have more problems and difficulties at their doorsteps, like the daily increase in prices of everything, from basic foodstuffs to the housing, inflation, unemployment, injustice, than these petty disputes”, Mr. Haddad Adel said in his letter.
Then it was the turn of Mr. Davoud Danesh Ja’fari, the outgoing Finance and Economy Minister to “demolish” Mr. Ahmadinejad on several major issues, including his fighting corruption, his economic policies, his accusations against some high-ranking personalities using their power and influence for financial advantages, or bribes, his “tumultuous” relations with the press, the Parliament, the Judiciary…., “in one word, with everyone”.
“The President has problems with the Majles, with the Expediency Council, with individuals, with the press, with his own rivals in the past and future presidential elections and with many other persons and circles that I can’t name all of them”, Mr. Danesh Ja’fari said during his farewell ceremonies on 22 April.
Referring to an “explosive” speech of Mr. Ahmadinejad earlier in the ultra-religious city of Qom, (See IPS article of 18 April 2008 entitled “Is Ayatollah Khameneh’i the Godfather of Iranian Oil Mafia?”), the Minister rejected al the charges contained in that speech against the Economy and Finance Ministry, against the Central Bank, against factory owners escaping taxes because of their relations with high-ranking personalities, against people he accused of bribe seeking, or in defence of his economic policies etc..
Fight against corruption, which is a necessity and a sacred duty, must not be mixed with sloganmania and abusive declarations that leads to confuse public’s opinion.
“Mr. Ahmadinejad said one factory that produces a certain god pays 300 toumans of tax while another that makes exactly same good in the same quantity and with the same quality pays almost nothing. This is a total nonsense. He said an influential personality of the regime is asking bribe from people interested in importing cigarettes. This is a total slander and defamation, for the simple reason that importing cigarettes is legal. Right now, there are 21 individuals and firms that imports cigarettes. Why should someone be willing to pay 5 millions bribes to an influential personality just to import cigarettes? If you have an answer, give it to me!”, he observed.
“The problem that paralyses the economy is the decisions made by some of the President’s aides who have absolutely no knowledge of the questions they are in charge; with instant decision-makings, with incompetent people, with decisions taken without consultation with experts and economists”, Mr. Danesh Ja’fari lamented, adding: “One of the ills of our economy is the injection of huge oil money into the market, creating inflation. If any expert can pretend that exchanging 60 billion US oil Dollars into the local money do not create super inflation, please, raise your hand”.
Then, it was the turn of the outgoing Interior Minister, Hojjatoleslam Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, and another “heavyweight” of the Ahmadinejad’s Government to reveal that it is the President who blocks most of the reforms, especially the much needed electoral laws.
“I have many things to tell you, but not now. However, one thing is certain, and it is that our electoral laws need to be modernised, reformed. It is not possible to change the age of the voters from 16 to 18 and back to 15 etc just to satisfy one’s electoral needs”, he told journalists at the end of the second round of the Legislative race, referring indirectly to the last presidential elections that allowed the victory of Mr. Ahmadinejad.
Is Ayatollah Khameneh'i facing a revolt against his leadership?
According to observers, the reason Mr. Ahmadinejad sacked the Economy and Interior ministers was that contrary to other ministers, they had serious differences with him over the conduct of economic, financial and interior policies.
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi was the last one in the “black week” to fire at the President, who “advised” Mr. Ahmadinejad to stop his “sloganmania” and do not use the fight against corruption for eliminating his opponents and rivals.
In the view of the Head of the Judiciary power, the administrative and Executive systems are “incompetents, unproductive, the decision-making is not open and clear, leading to corruption abuses”.
“Fight against corruption, which is a necessity and a sacred duty, must not be mixed with sloganmania and abusive declarations that leads to confuse public’s opinion. One must not use this sacred obligation for eliminating opponents”, he said.
Considering the attacks that come from the regime’s highest clerical and civil personalities against the President in the one hand and the fact that Ahmadinejad serves as “His Master’s Voice” for Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i on the other, some political analysts wonders if the fierce attacks and charges he faces is not a revolt against the authoritarian Leader, recognized by all as the main source of the nations internal and international difficulties? ENDS AHMADI’S BALCK WEEK 30408