Day: May 20, 2011

Power Struggle In Iran

Ryan Mauro 90x115by Ryan Mauro

The Iranian regime’s plans for regional domination have hit a bump: Its own leaders’ thirst for power. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad have had a falling out, and the number of parliamentarians seeking Ahmadinejad’s impeachment is quickly growing.

Much of the in-fighting surrounds Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s former chief of staff and reportedly, his best friend. Mashaei’s daughter is married to one of Ahmadinejad’s sons and it is widely believed that Mashaei is Ahmadinejad’s pick to succeed him. Mashaei was appointed as Vice President in 2009, outraging conservatives because of his attendance at events featuring female musicians and dancers. He also stated that Iran is a friend of all nations, including Israel and the U.S.