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Iranian Dissident Cleric, Ayatollah Montazeri, Criticizes Ahmadinejad

January 22, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's most senior dissident cleric has criticized the economic policies and nuclear diplomacy of president Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Radio Farda reported.

Ayatollah Montazeri (file photo) (Public domain)

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has said that Iranians have other rights beyond access to nuclear energy.

Montazeri has also criticized Ahmadinejad's government over rising inflation and said that people's economic problems cannot be resolved by chanting "slogans."

Ahmadinejad on January 21 said his government has successfully controlled inflation.

(with material from AP)

Copyright (c) 2007 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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