Skip to comments.Terror suspect Ahmad Vahidi set to become Ahmadinejad's Defence Minister
Posted on 09/01/2009 7:03:47 PM PDT by 444Flyer
A former Revolutionary Guard commander wanted by Interpol for masterminding the worst terrorist attack in Argentina looks set to become the new Iranian Defence Minister after parliament signalled that it would confirm the provocative choice.
General Ahmad Vahidi is alleged to have planned the bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994 when he commanded the Quds force, a unit of the Revolutionary Guard responsible for foreign operations. He is one of five Iranians sought in the bombing in which 85 people died. Iran denies that it was involved.
Israel and Argentina reacted with outrage at his nomination which came as President Ahmadinejad tries to get his new Cabinet approved by MPs with Buenos Aires calling it an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack. President Obama called General Vahidis inclusion in the Cabinet disturbing.
International opposition, however, seems only to have strengthened his chances, despite a tough fight for Mr Ahmadinejad to push through his chosen candidates in the face of conservative and reformist disquiet.
One member of parliament, Hadi Qavami, interrupted General Vahidis speech to say that he had initially opposed the nomination but changed his mind after the Zionists allegations and would now vote for him. The comment drew praise and chants of Death to Israel! from other deputies.
The chairman of the Iranian foreign policy committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said that the allegations will not have any negative impact on the assessment of General Vahidis suitability for the job. Rather, it may increase his vote, he told Irans state news agency. Not one MP voiced opposition during the hearing yesterday.
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“...One member of parliament, Hadi Qavami, interrupted General Vahidis speech to say that he had initially opposed the nomination but changed his mind after the Zionists allegations and would now vote for him. The comment drew praise and chants of Death to Israel! from other deputies...”
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Israel and Argentina rejected with rage to General Vahidi's appointment but that seems to have strengthened his support in Iran.
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