In a clear sign of growing political tensions among the senior leaders of the Islamic Republic, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an ultimatum to reinstate Haydar Moslehi as the minister of intelligence or resign the presidency.
On Wednesday, Ahmadinejad had asked Moslehi to leave the meeting of his cabinet before the meeting started. Ahmadinejad’s refusal to allow the intelligence minister to remain in the cabinet is the most serious challenge to Khamenei’s authority. The supreme leader had ordered Ahmadinejad to reinstate Moslehi who had been fired by him. Instead of accepting Moslehi as ordered, Ahmadinejad himself boycotted the cabinet meetings and did not show up for work at the presidential palace for 11 days. When he finally returned, he refused to let Moslehi attend the cabinet meetings.