|Ayatollah Ali Khamenei|
Khamenei raised the subject himself after being asked about reaching ideals such as justice and freedom under the Islamic system. His allies dominate the Majlis, Iran's parliament, as well as the judiciary, and they have been critical of Ahmadinejad in recent months.
The supreme leader backed Ahmadinejad through the tumult that followed his hotly disputed 2009 re-election, urging Iranians to accept the results of the balloting when protesters in the streets declared it a fraud. Khamenei presided over a crackdown on the demonstrations, during which security forces were unleashed on crowds and activists were prosecuted and jailed.
But Sunday, he noted that the Islamic republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, eliminated the post of prime minister in the 1980s and suggested the same thing could be done for the presidency. "Of course, any change and modernization and reviewing of policies must be based on Islamic principles. The changes must also conform with the Constitution," he said. But he added that the Iranian system can manage change "without deviation from the path" of the 1979 revolution that ousted the country's Western-allied monarchy and brought the ayatollahs to power.
I wonder what happens to ex-presidents in Iran? Maybe Mahmoud should start looking at property in some Western country –I’d be happy to show him some ocean view land in Arizona….
Live Long and Prosper....