Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today in Tehran that his administration will fully cooperate with the Supreme Board of Arbitration that was set up on Monday by the country’s supreme leader to resolve internal conflicts among the three branches of the government. Ayatollah Khamenei’s move came amid rising tensions in relations between Majlis and Ahmadinejad’s government.
“The government will completely cooperate with the Supreme Board and implement its decisions,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to Khamenei’s decree establishing the new arbitration body [IRNA, 27 July].
The creation of the new Supreme Board also effectively sidelines Ayatollah Rafsanjani whose Expediency Council was theoretically the highest conflict resolution authority. Earlier this year, Rafsanjani was removed from his powerful post as the chairman of the Assembly of Experts and with the creation of the new arbitration body, the former president has lost his last vestige of authority in the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei named the former head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, as the chairman of the Supreme Board of Arbitration.