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Re: G3* - IRAN - Iran Guards official says Ahmadinezhad, Masha'i "conjoined twin"

Released on 2012-09-16 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 3585190
Date 2011-06-21 15:35:02
From [email protected]
To [email protected], [email protected]
List-Name [email protected]
i didn't realize that ADogg was losing respect among the IRGC as well.
have there been signs of this before?


From: "Kamran Bokhari" <[email protected]>
To: "Analysts List" <[email protected]>, "Watch Officer"
<[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:28:39 AM
Subject: Re: G3* - IRAN - Iran Guards official says
Ahmadinezhad, Masha'i "conjoined twin"

Most serious attack on the prez. Rep.

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


From: Benjamin Preisler <[email protected]>
Sender: [email protected]
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:17:56 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: G3* - IRAN - Iran Guards official says Ahmadinezhad, Masha'i
"conjoined twin"

Iran Guards official says Ahmadinezhad, Masha'i "conjoined twin"

A senior Iranian Guards official has described President Mahmud
Ahmadinezhad and his aide Esfandiar Rahim-Masha'i as "conjoined twin",
Mehr News Agency reported on 21 June.

The Supreme Leader's deputy representative at the Islamic Revolution
Guards Corps (IRGC), Hojjat ol-Eslam Mojtaba Zonnur made the remark at
the Vigilance and Scientific Jihad Conference in Tehran on Monday, 20

Zonnur referred to the row between President Ahmadinezhad and Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Khamene'i over the reinstatement of Intelligence
Minister Heydar Moslehi in April. At that time, Ahmadinezhad refused to
attend the office for 11 days as a protest to the reinstatement. Zonnur
said: "During those 11 days when Ahmadinezhad was in sulk, 200 state
officials talked to him either in person or on the phone but that was of
no use. In my opinion, Ahmadinezhad did not go to work willingly and he
had to attend the office under duress and unwillingly. This was because
the Majlis had become tense and the deadline [set by MPs for
Ahmadinezhad] came to an end. If he had failed to attend the office on
that day, he would have been impeached the day after."

The IRGC official added: "If the Majlis was to review a plan on
Ahmadinezhad's political incompetence, he would have received the
largest number of votes of no confidence."

Zonnur referred to possible measures that can be taken to confront the
"deviant current", and said: "Some people say that if we separate
Ahmadinezhad from Masha'i, everything will become alright." He likened
Ahmadinezhad and Masha'i to Ladan and Laleh Bijani (1974 -2003), Iranian
conjoined twin sisters joined at the head, who died after their surgical
separation. Zonnur added: "It is impossible to separate Ahmadinezhad
from Masha'i and this separation has some costs." He added: "Time is not
ripe to confront this issue and we should tolerate it, however it means
that we should not allow the deviant current to do whatever it wants."

Following the row between Ahmadinezhad and the Supreme Leader, the
conservative camp accused the president's controversial aide Esfandiar
Rahim-Masha'i of being behind a "deviant current" in the country.
Supreme Leader's supporters have intensified their criticism of the
president's close aides, particularly Rahim-Masha'i, in recent weeks.
They also accuse Ahmadinezhad's aides of spreading "Iranism or Iranian
school of thought" instead of the "Islamic school of thought" and
resorting to "fortunetelling and witchcraft."

In their recent confrontation, conservative MPs have prepared a plan to
impeach Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as he appointed Mohammad
Sharif Malekzadeh as deputy foreign minister for
administrative-financial affairs. The MPs argued that Malekzadeh is
close to President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad's controversial aide, Esfandiar
Rahim-Masha'i. Some MPs said that the impeachment might be cancelled as
Malekzadeh resigned on 21 June following the growing pressures.

Source: Mehr news agency, Tehran, in Persian 0834 gmt 21 Jun 11

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