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Iran: Principlist faction gives Ahmadinejad ultimatum

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Press TV - A powerful Principlist faction has warned the Iranian President against acting 'contrary to the will of the people' and 'the call of religious leaders'.

The Islamic Engineers Society said in a Tuesday letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he had 'acted against his own interests' by appointing Esfandyar Rahim-Masha'i as head of the presidential office.

Ahmadinejad had initially appointed Rahim-Masha'i as the first vice president, a post he resigned from after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, sent a handwritten note to the office of the president on the issue.

However, Rahim-Masha'i was later named the head of the presidential office, sparking a fresh row between Ahmadinejad and his supporters and opponents.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) and Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii

Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i was dismissed for allegedly opposing the appointment of Rahim-Masha'i as first vice president.

"It is notable to ask why Rahim-Masha'i is not dismissed despite the Leader's demand while some of the ministers are sacked because of their opposition to your decision," the letter read.

"It seems you want to be the sole speaker and do not want to hear other voices... therefore it is our duty to convey to you the voice of the people," the letter said.

The Principlist faction said it had previously warned Ahmadinejad in a private letter against his acts 'taken without any insight'.

The powerful faction said Ahmadinejad's decision had 'frustrated his supporters' and 'caused divisions'.

The letter warned that Ahmadinejad's inattention to the advice of the Leader and the country's religious leaders would have dire consequences and 'ultimately lead to the formation of a deviant sect'.

The Islamic Engineers Society asked Ahmadinejad to contemplate what happened to former Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and former president Abolhassan Banisadr 'whose opposition to the country's religious leaders' ultimately led to their overthrow.

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