Members within Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s own party are trying to contain his radical ways.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Critics say the 1980s-style radicalism of ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hurting Iran at home and abroad – to the point that even his natural allies in parliament have rejected his three choices to run the all-important oil ministry.
The Islamic hard-liner appears undeterred, but pragmatists in the ruling hierarchy are growing restless and looking for ways to contain him.
“Ahmadinejad’s behavior has annoyed many fellow conservatives. That he doesn’t like to consult with anybody outside his small circle of old friends is a reality,” said Ghodratollah Rahmani, a conservative writer.
“He doesn’t consult even with knowledgeable people in his own camp.”
Even extremists within the hard-line camp want Ahmadinejad to be more responsive to their advice.
This can’t mean good news for democracy in the country. As the article mentioned, even extremists want him to calm down.
Jeezus, this can’t be good for freedom…