Ahmadinejad’s Departure Favors Khamenei Loyalists

Next month, Iran may enter its most heated political phase since the 1979 revolution when the country is due to elect a new president.

Incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is legally barred from pursuing a third term. His successor will have to cope with many economic and foreign policy challenges created or at least aggravated during his eight years in power.

Adding to the gravity of the situation is a conflict between Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader, the continued inflexibility of Iran’s foreign politics and a deterioration in relations between the fathers of the revolution, former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on the one hand and incumbent supreme leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei and Ahmad Jannati Massah, chairman of the Guardian Council, on the other. Read more “Ahmadinejad’s Departure Favors Khamenei Loyalists”