Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today attended a meeting of his cabinet, breaking a boycott of cabinet meetings that lasted ten days and during which he was absent at three scheduled meetings of the Cabinet.
This blogger had reported that the president had set three conditions for his return to presidency, including the return of Mashaie to First VP post and the removal of the intelligence minister. Ahmadinejad’s return to the cabinet today may refute our sources and reporting on the subject. It could indicate that such preconditions never existed, or Ahmadinejad backed down from those preconditions. But we also need to follow political developments in near future to see if some form of agreements between the two camps were worked out that was persuasive enough for Ahmadinejad to return to presidency.
The pro-government media in Iran is reporting today that the reports about disagreements between Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader were the work of global arrogance (normally understood to mean the US and its close allies). The Iranian media however does not explain why the country's Majlis had to hold extraordinary closed-door sessions last week issuing what amounted to a strong warning to the president to end his boycott, unless it is claimed that the MPs were also victims of the global arrogance's propaganda.
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