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Hard-liners warn Iran president to halt defiance
Los Angeles Times ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi

Posted on 07/29/2009 12:43:57 AM PDT by DGHoodini

Political hard-liners warned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday that he could be deposed, as previous Iranian leaders have been, if he continued defying the country's supreme religious leader. More News

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The implied threat was the latest evidence of the rift within Iran's conservative camp and could serve to further sap the authority of a president already considered illegitimate by reformists.

The Islamic Society of Engineers, a political group close to parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, warned in an open letter to Ahmadinejad that he could suffer the same fate as Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, who was deposed in a CIA-backed coup with the acquiescence of the clergy. The letter also cited the experience of Abol-Hassan Bani Sadr, who was impeached and fled the country after he fell out with the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Both leaders had been elected by huge margins.

"It seems you want to be the sole speaker and do not want to hear other voices," the group's letter said, noting that recent actions by Ahmadinejad have frustrated his own supporters. "Therefore it is our duty to convey to you the voice of the people."

Meanwhile, Iranians braced for another round of clashes between protesters and security personnel after the Interior Ministry on Tuesday rejected a request to allow supporters of opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi to gather at a large Tehran mosque Thursday. The protest is meant to commemorate those slain in the unrest following Ahmadinejad's disputed June re-election victory over Mousavi.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/29/MNG9190I5P.DTL#ixzz0MdFFa6Ta

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KEYWORDS: amadinijhad; iran; protests
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To: DGHoodini

It will be interesting to see if the protesters in Iran finally realize their vote only decides WHICH puppet dances for the clerics.


21 posted on 07/29/2009 10:24:24 AM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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