Monday, July 20, 2009

Rift in Iran deepens

Last Friday Hashemi Rafsanjani offered a potential compromise to end the dispute over Iran's June 12 election results. Journalist Amir Taheri reports here that President Mahmoud Ahmedinjad rejected the proposed compromise. So the rift within the governing class is likely to grow even larger in the coming weeks.

An interesting anecdote in Taheri's article: Ahmedinejad, not wanting to attend Rafsanjani's speech, flew to the city of Mashad to give a speech of his own. The provincial governor in Mashad reportedly refused to meet Ahmedinejad or have anything to do with his visit.

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