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Ahmadinejad Fires 14 Advisers in Major Shake-up

by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI

02 Jan 2011 22:3417 Comments
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Davood Danesh Jafari, Mojtaba Rahmandoust, Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh (Homepage: Mehdi Kalhor)

Mashregh, the website that is close to Iran's fundamentalists and security forces, has reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suddenly fired 14 of his advisers. They include Mehdi Kalhor (adviser for the press), Abolfazl Tavakkoli Bina and Mohammad Reza E'temadian (advisers for commerce), Davood Danesh Jafari (adviser for economic affairs and former first vice president), Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh (adviser for oil and gas former minister of oil), Mojtaba Rahmandoust (adviser for the war veterans), Sousan Keshavarz (adviser for education), Brigadier General Sattar Vafaei (adviser for fairness and service), Ali Akbari (adviser for the youth), Mehdi Chamran (adviser for city councils), Brigadier General Mohammad Rouyanian (adviser for fuel transportation), Ali Montazeri (adviser for universities, no relation to the late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri), Ali Asghar Zarei (adviser for cultural affairs), and Mehdi Mostafavi (adviser for Islamic culture and foreign relations and an officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Qods Force member).

Of these, Kalhor has been an ardent supporter of Ahmadinejad's. Chamran played a key role in the appointment of Ahmadinejad in 2002 as Tehran mayor that was the beginning of his rise to prominence. Vaziri Hamaneh was fired as oil minister when he proved unwilling to appoint Ahmadinejad's men in key posts, and Danesh Jafari was forced out as first vice president in 2009. Tavakkoli Bina is a member of the Islamic Coalition Party, a conservative group that has been criticizing Ahmadinejad. E'temadian is currently hospitalized and has said that he discovered that he had been fired when he received a letter from the president, thanking him for his service and telling him that he had been sacked.

The most noteworthy aspect of this group firing is that most of those who were dismissed are trusted by the Osoolgarayan (Principlists) and hardliners. For example, Danesh Jafari is a disciple of Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, the ultra-reactionary hardline cleric. Mostafavi is a hardline Revolutionary Guard officer. While it is still too early to say, the new firings may represent another chapter in the power struggle between Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, on the one hand, and those that are close to Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, on the other. Many of the people fired have been critical of Mashaei.

Copyright © 2011 Tehran Bureau

Iran's President Fires 14 Advisers: Report

AP (via Times of India) | Jan 2

The Sunday report from mashreghnews.ir says Ahmadinejad sacked the advisers a day earlier in an effort to help reduce the size of the government. The dismissals have not been confirmed by state media or the president's office.

Last month, Ahmadinejad abruptly fired his longtime foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, as well as his vice president for youth affairs, Mehrdad Bazrpash.

Related reading by Muhammad Sahimi | Abrupt Mottaki Dismissal Sign of Mounting Discord in Leadership | Turnover and Turmoil in the Ahmadinejad Administration

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17 Comments

Odd
It sounds like either he is trying to a make point to Leader in proof of his independence or there a major power war going on in his cabinet.
Not to forget that perhaps most if not all of these supposed advisors are appointees of Supreme Leader office on executive branch.

We will see what comes of out this power struggles. This looks like a show down and at the end one side is going to be shot down.

PersianTraveler / January 2, 2011 11:42 PM

PersianTraveler,"This looks like a show down and at the end one side is going to be shot down."

No kidding.

YoYo / January 3, 2011 1:52 AM

So often these comments are reflective of the thinking and the lives each of us has experienced. They are reflective of the lives lived in the so called "democracies," of the West; filled with vendetta, thoughts of animosity, and revengeful decision making of the superiors with whom we must have come into contact. No evidence is more solid than the soundless thoughts with which we speak. It does not occur to us that it's just possible that such dismissals may just have been the result of objective thinking and careful planning. After all, why pretend? We are not in that circle, anyway.

Ekbatana / January 3, 2011 6:09 AM

@Ekbatana: so true

Afshar / January 3, 2011 7:57 AM

Wow they are so ugly.

Pak / January 3, 2011 9:53 AM

Ekbatana,

People do not turn logical and calculated overnight. Ahmadinejad's history of conduct is a clear indication of where he has been and where he is heading to. So far his grade is F minus for his accomplishments. Why would anyone expect anything else from the product of a fraudulent election? His entire establishment is a joke.

Iran is isolated politically and the country's disastrous state of economy requires no commentary. Please spare us the, "No evidence is more solid than the soundless thoughts with which we speak." You were not looking at the moon light dear, were you?

Niloofar / January 3, 2011 10:04 AM

As much as I despise Ahmadinejad, anything that pisses off Hojatoleslam Khamenei and puts him in his place is fine with me. He brought this on himself.

Ali / January 3, 2011 5:39 PM

@Niloofar
"...the country's disastrous state of economy requires no commentary..."

Which begs the question, why do you comment?

"...His entire establishment is a joke..."


That joke "establishment" just took over the presidency of the one of the most important cartels, OPEC, in the region, if not in the entire globe. Could this be that just maybe the "establishment," is not a joke?

"...You were not looking at the moon light dear, were you?"

I doubt it. The full moon is not until January 19th. Even the partial moon ring will not be visible until January 8th or 9th. Besides, if you live in the northern hemisphere, winter weather in most regions will likely ruin any chances of enjoying the moonlight.

Ekbatana / January 3, 2011 6:58 PM

Ekbatana,

It was a metaphoric statement dear. Calm down.

No, his establishment is still a joke and the Presidency of the cartel, delayed for decades, was handed over with great hesitation. I am not going to waste time on the state of Iran’s economy. If you do not know it by now you never know it.

A simple change of figures at the top is cosmetic and does not remedy an inefficient archaic system of governance. Their entire establishment is fraudulent, A to Z.

How is your ship? I hear it has not set sail yet.

Niloofar / January 3, 2011 8:33 PM

"That joke "establishment" just took over the presidency of the one of the most important cartels, OPEC, in the region, if not in the entire globe. Could this be that just maybe the "establishment," is not a joke?"

No, it is a joke. Presidency of OPEC (after 36 years I might add) has exactly zero significance as far as influence over its policies are concerned. Find something less pathetic with which to cling on to your delusions.

Cy / January 3, 2011 8:56 PM

@Niloofar,
Don't let 'where' the ship is bother you too much. On the other hand, you are a special breed of Iranians, you know that? The breed that put down their own nation for every accomplishment they endure to bring about. We have to go back all the way to the Qajar dynasty to find one of your ilk; smack of an illness, rather.

@Cy,
"No, it is a joke." We'll see about that. Stay tuned at your local gas station.

Ekbatana / January 3, 2011 11:52 PM


Dont fight over minutia . Fine, Ekbatana, OPEC is great and I sure hope Iran can benefit from its presidency. No body is against it, its just i have the feeling that Ahamdinejad/ Janatiee...etc might have had a hand in its last OPEC presidency as well, otherwise who would though Iran become a candidate after 30 odd years!!!!.


Stay amused. Its NewYear.

PersianTraveler / January 4, 2011 12:55 AM

Niloofar you don't get it. That snake Ahmadinejad has the rat between his fangs . Whatever you may say about him i hope his is so venomous that our great leader will never awake again. That damn rat.

Koorosh / January 4, 2011 1:20 AM

This sort of thing isn't unprecedented for America's executive branch.

Upon Richard Nixon's second term, he replaced his cabinet for a fresh and more personalized administration.

Ahmadinejad is quite the forceful figure. And his old car just fetched a million dollars at a charitable auction!

Pirouz / January 4, 2011 2:40 AM

Sometimes I think I am gradually becoming one of Ahmadinejad's greatest fans, because as it appears to me, nobody else can sink the ship that is IRI as formidably as Ahmadinejad! How long before Khamenei (the king) will find himself in checkmate position in this dirty game of chess? CHECKMATE KHAMENEI! You bet on the wrong horse :)

Green messenger / January 4, 2011 2:59 AM

Koorosh, I get it.

I do not put down my own nation or its accomplishments. I put down those in charge of it presently and their lack of accomplishments.

Some people just refuse to see the reality. Too bad.

Ahmadinejad is not a snake and there is no rat between his fangs. What you see is pure ignorance doomed to failure. Stay tuned. You do not have to wait long.

That is right. I am part of a special breed. One that refuses to listen to nonsense. Get used to it.

Niloofar / January 4, 2011 3:25 AM

@ Pirouz
Thanks for the timely and appropriate comparison between those two figures. I actually was thinking who might be a good example to name in the US. I thought maybe Gleen Beck but now that brought up Nixon, i have to go with it.

PersianTraveler / January 5, 2011 12:54 AM