Tag Archives: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran: Ahmadinejad reportedly arrested for “inciting violence”

Source: New York Post

“A former Iranian president was arrested for ‘inciting violence’ as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against the government and rising food prices, unrest that rocked the Islamic Republic for more than a week, according to a newspaper report. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested for comments he made during a Dec. 28 rally in the western Iranian city of Bushehr, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Sunday. … The news of the arrest of Ahmadinejad, who was president between 2005 and 2013, come as the powerful Revolutionary Guards on Sunday said the rallies had ended and blamed the violence on the United States, Britain and Israel.” (01/07/18)


Iran: Ahmadinejad “disqualified” from presidential election

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month’s presidential election, according to state media. The decision on Thursday was taken by the Guardian Council, a clerical body charged with vetting candidates for the May 19 election. In a surprise move, Ahmadinejad registered as a candidate last week, despite previously saying he would not stand. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had previously urged him not to run.” (04/20/17)


Iran: Ahmadinejad registers for presidential polls, defying Khamenei

Source: The Hindu [India]

“Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers. … Mr. Ahmadinejad’s firebrand style could prove appealing for hard-liners seeking a tough-talking candidate who can stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump. His candidacy also could expose the fissures inside Iranian politics that linger since his contested 2009 reelection, which brought massive unrest.” (04/12/17)