Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cautioned the country’s senior officials of internal divisions and warned them not to demonstrate their political differences openly.
"Even if authorities have differences, those should not be demonstrated, there is no need to point out every mistake," Khamenei said. (khamenei.ir, 31 October)
Khamenei also said the officials should be careful not to create scandals from minor issues and the heads of the three government branches should concentrate on doing their jobs. Khamenei added that until the presidential election, scheduled for 14 June 2013, "anyone (senior officials) causing disagreement will be betraying the country."
The ayatollah’s comments come after bitter and open disputes between President Ahmadinejad and Sadeq Larijani, the head of judiciary, over Ahmadinejad’s request and insistence to visit Evin prison and Larijani’s refusal to allow the visit. Evin is the country’s largest prison, notoriously famous for its political prisoners’ wing, and where Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad’s media advisor and the head of the official news agency IRNA, is spending time for posting a report deemed to be offensive to the supreme leader.
Khamenei made the remarks to a group of students gathered to mark the approaching 33rd anniversary of 4 November occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran and taking the American diplomats hostage in 1979.
Photo credit: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei addressing students marking the approaching 33rd anniversary of the occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. 31 October 2012. khamenei.ir