The Iranian internal politics and the power struggle are getting more exciting by the day! Today, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamamei formally rejected President Ahmadinejad’s decision to appoint Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, his son's father-in-law, as his first vice president.
Ahmadinejad’s first major appointment for his second-term cabinet had come under fierce attack by ultra conservatives, led by the influential Kayhan editor, Ali Shariatmadari. The government-owned Press TV reported on 19 July that Mashaie had withdrawn his name. The next day, pro-government websites, including Mashaie’s own website, announced that the “rumors” of withdrawal were propagated by anti-government forces, although the Press TV is a government-owned TV network! Now Khamaenie formally rejects the appointment.
The big looser today is of course Ahmadinejad. He seems to be loosing the support of the far right and increasingly operating in a void, loosing touch with the realities on the ground.