Drop in Image of Iranian President May Change Country’s Polity: Israeli Expert

Israel Materials 26 December 2007 18:25 (UTC +04:00)

Israel, Jerusalem/corr. Trend /corr. R.Abdullayev / Drop in the image of the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a result of critics by the high figure in Iran may change generally the policy of Iran.

"Serious sense of public critics against the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was stated several days ago by ayatollah Ali-Akbar Heshemi-Rafsanjani who accused Ahmadinejad of the growing impoverishment of large part of population, galloping inflation. For the first time, the high-ranking Islamic activist accused the Government of collapsing the economic policy," said the Israeli expert, Vladimir Masamed.

Last week the Head of the Council of Experts of Iran, Chairman of the Council for Determination of Expediency of the Made Decisions, Ali-Akbar Heshemi-Rafsanjani, made sharp critics against Ahmadinejad's economic policy. It was a reaction to the issue that the President traditionally put the guilt on the difficulties incurred by the Country and on foreign enemies and its political opponents. The experts consider that Heshemi-Rafsanjani who is the opponent of the current president joined the informal bloc with the ex-president Sayed Mohammad Hatemi on the eve of the presidential scheduled for March.

Masamed said in his interview with Trend on 28 December that the caught attacks to the government and Ahmadinejad's economic policy characterized as sad results will become routine elements of Iran's political life. "Ahmadinejad's opponents accuse him of the excessive values which the Country will have to pay for the continuing and worsening confrontation with the international community due to the atomic program," he said.

According to Mesamed, Heshemi-Rafsanjani's becoming to the Head of the Council of Experts, which is a strong and authoritative organization, significantly increases his chances to oppose Ahmadinejad. "This confrontation may have significant impacts on the political life," he said.

Some 7.8mln people in Iran live in poverty, ISNA reported. For the first time, this year the level of inflation equaled 20% instead of forecasted 10%.