By Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration's confrontation with Azad University officials and backers reached a new level yesterday, casting a shadow on the prescheduled meeting of the heads of the three branches of the Iranian regime. One day after a Tehran court ruled in favor of Azad University and on the day that the eighth Majlis passed a bill authorizing amendments to the institutions bylaws only if recommended by its founders, Ahmadinejad cancelled his prescheduled meeting with the Larijani brothers in protest.
Fars new agency quoted an advisor to Ali Larijani yesterday who confirmed the postponement of the meeting.
Speaking to reporters, Hassan Zamani, the advisor
to the speaker of the Majlis said that the meeting of the heads of the three
branches of government had been postponed to a later date. And although he did
not disclose the reason behind the postponement, an informed source told Rooz
that the meeting was postponed because of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's extreme
dissatisfaction with the way the Larijani brothers - one heading the judiciary
and the other the legislative branches - have been doing business.
This informed source told Rooz that Ahmadinejad has refused to attend a meeting with Ali and Sadegh Larijani in protest to the Tehran court's ruling and the passage of the Majlis bill.
On Saturday, a Tehran court ruled to temporarily enjoin the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution from amending the Islamic Azad University's bylaws. The ruling was issued at the request of Azad University board of founders.
Political analysts hailed the ruling as a major victory for university's officials in their struggle against Ahmadinejad's administration, which has attempted tirelessly in the past five years to wrestle control of the institution out of the hands of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Only one day after the court ruling, Majlis representatives passed a bill to clarify the procedure for amending the bylaws of non-government universities and centers of higher education, which include Azad University. According to the new bill, only the founders of the academic institutions had the authority to propose amendments to the bylaws before such amendments could be finalized by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution.
Protests at Azad University in Qazvin in December 2009. Banner says: "University Is Alive"
Azad Universities are a stronghold of the opposition movement
Rafsanjani, seyed Ali Khamenei, Abdolkarim
Mousavi Ardebili, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Abdollah Jasbi and seyed Ahmad Khomeini
are the first founders and board of trustees of the Azad University, which was
established in 1982 at the initiation of Rafsanjani and with the approval of the
late ayatollah Khomeini.
The founders' board and the board of trustees retained its original composition after Ahmad Khomeini passed away and Seyed Ali Khamenei was selected supreme leader until the summer of 2007, when Ali Akbar Velayati, Hassan Habibi, Mohsen Ghomi, Hamid Moridzadeh and seyed Hassan Khomeini joined the board of trustees (but not the board of founders of the school).
Iran: Azad University
Target of Attacks
According to a report by Parleman News, at midnight Thursday a group of more than 20 plainclothes militia who were armed with warm and cold weapons illegally entered the office of Board of Trustees and Founders of Islamic Azad University and office of the Center for Advanced Science and Technology. -Parleman News
officials try to hinder Islamic Azad University's progress
Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said certain officials put obstacles in the way of the Islamic Azad University's progress. Islamic Azad University is a private chain of universities in Iran which was founded in 1982. -MNA
Iran's Azad University,
Coming Battleground Against Rafsanjani
As Azad University's new regulations, which require that its president be elected every four years, came into force, pro-government media have launched a verbal attack on its current and long-time president Abdollah Jasbi, who is also a leader of the conservative Motalefe Islami party while also being a close ally of Hashemi Rafsanjani -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz Online
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