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05/16/11

Iran's Ahmadinejad Denies Rift With Supreme Leader

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has rejected speculation that he has any differences with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


No rift with Khamenei (L), says Ahmadinejad (R)

In an interview on state television, the president made no mention of the main source of such speculation -- the dismissal of Iranian intelligence Chief Heydar Moslehi -- which Khamenei vetoed and eventually blocked.

He said that Khamenei is for him "like a father."

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran has been ruled under the Vali Faqih system, in which one senior cleric at ayatollah level has, according to the constitution, the final say on all state affairs and can even veto decisions by the president.

compiled by agency reports


Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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