Ahmadinejad using subsidies to undermine Khamenei ?

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  1. Trajan
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    lets hope so...or wait lets hope not? Who knows. Khamenei son is the one complaining so I could take this with a grain of salt OR it see it as desperate, losing face by having your son front for you is not dealing form a position of domination.

    in any event, they have lifted subsidies for staples and the natives are bitching, if Addy is using it to maneuver it hurts Khamenei more since the complaints will as supreme leader lap in his lap and he gets the to use the money to garner influence.


    I am sure there is a great deal more to this as well..anyway;



    Iran Spat Pits President Against Supreme Leader


    Political turmoil seems to be the norm in Iran: Last year it was the reformist opposition taking to the streets challenging what they saw as the fraudulent re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Now another political fissure has emerged within the conservative camp, threatening possible open conflict between Iran's president and its supreme leader.

    There are significant differences among conservatives in Iran over many issues, but right now the focus is on economic subsidies. The price of basics in Iran, like bread, electricity and gasoline, has been heavily subsidized for decades. But when Ahmahinejad ordered the removal of subsidies two weeks ago, the price of gasoline quadrupled and the price of bread tripled overnight.

    What's more, Ahmadinejad moved to seize the revenues that would have been used for subsidies for his own purposes. He has begun paying the poorest segments of Iranian society to help mitigate the pain of the price increases.

    Some estimate the value of the revenues saved at $100 billion, says Abbas Milani, director of Iran studies at Stanford University.

    "They are taking the equivalent of $100 billion out of the economy that helped subsidize peoples' livelihood, and giving back a pittance," he said. "They are giving back the equivalent of $40 per person."

    Conservatives in the Parliament wanted to control these funds, but Ahmadinejad quickly recognized their enormous political value, Milani said.

    "Basically Ahmadinejad has created an enormous system of patronage for himself that he will use to either prolong his own stay in power or put one of his cronies in the presidency," he said.

    That's not to speak of the powerful surge in inflation that is expected to hit Iran in the coming months.

    Ahmadinejad's move appears to be part of a wider plan to enhance the powers of his own presidency, at the expense of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says Muhammad Sahimi, who writes for the website Tehran Bureau.

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    Iran Spat Pits President Against Supreme Leader : NPR
     
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    I'd much rather see a Secular Iran then a Theocratic Iran.
     
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    not a thing would change in that regard except the curtian would drop. I think it would be worse.
     
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    The wheels of modernity roll very slowly in the Islamic middle east.

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