Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Khamenei Stops Government Takeover of Azad University

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has nullified a recent ruling by High Council for Education that would have transferred the control of Azad ("Free") University of Iran, the country’s largest, to the government. The move is a major victory for Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the founding chairman of the university’s board of trustees, and a defeat for Ahmadinejad’s attempt to take over the university.

The government’s High Council for Education had approved new by-laws and a new board of trustees for the university. Those moves became nullified by Khamenei's order. The government had also encouraged student demonstrations against Rafsanjani and his control of the university and the influential extreme right daily Kayhan had strongly pushed for the government takeover.


Anonymous said...

Well, well, well...

This appears to be an unexpected monkey wrench in many a Iran analyst's recent perspective on the Islamic Republic, such as those espoused by Reza Aslan, Muhammad Sahimi and Karim Sadjapour.

But not too worry, they're dure to come up with some form of excuse or other.

Anonymous said...

I agree. The exiled "Iranian experts" and their western cheerleaders are totally oblivious to the reality in Iran. There is a lot of deliberate misinformation, psy-ops, wishful thinking and sheer ignorance about the pluralistic dynamics of Iranian internal politics.

Anonymous said...

re: the "analysist" These Iranian experts are completely clueless about Iranian laws and culture. In all seriousness, the average Iranian educated person (living in Iran) can provide more insightful commentary. These analysts just get on the air and tell american audiences what they want to hear for money (which I guess isn't dumb on their part really!).

On this decision, it's very interesting as I wonder if Ahmadinejad will dare take on Khamenei!