Ahmadinejad Asks Rouhani to Resign

Ahmadinejad Asks Rouhani to Resign

Friday, 10 August, 2018 - 08:15
File photo of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (REUTERS)
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Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked President Hassan Rouhani to resign.

In a video published on his official website, Ahmadinejad said Rouhani, the Larijani brothers and the conservative and reformative blocs are responsible for the current situation in Iran.

The return of calm hinged on the three authorities stepping down, he said.

Ahmadinejad said that Rouhani is not accepted by the Iranians, posing the question of 'Who is responsible for the current situation in the country?'

Five years have already passed, and the economy in the country is collapsing – the confidence in the regime is almost at zero level, he said. Ahmadinejad added that the people don’t want Rouhani and his presence undermines the country. He implicitly hinted at the nuclear deal, saying that it offered privileges but the people received nothing.

This is the second time in six months that Ahmadinejad demands the heads of the three authorities to resign. In February, Ahmadinejad responded to a speech delivered by Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei on the delay of social justice and the necessity of apologizing to the Iranians 39 years after the Iranian revolution.

Ahmadinejad called on Khamenei to take tangible steps given his position and vast powers in the regime, in order to maintain the confidence of the public – he demanded to amend the constitution and to hold quick and free presidential and parliamentary elections.

The demands of Ahmadinejad coincide with the return of US sanctions and the renewal of popular protests. He finds himself comfortable in renewing his demands, especially that it was confirmed last week that Rouhani would appear in front of the parliament to answer questions on his government’s handling of Iran’s economic struggles.

Two pro-regime clerics Hossein Noori Hamedani and Naser Makarem Shirazi criticized the government and the judiciary over the slow pace in dealing with corruption files.

Larijani said Wednesday, after withdrawing confidence from the Iranian minister of labor, that it is a shame that launching accusations has become a trend, hinting at speeches delivered by Ahmadinejad in a number of cities in Iran.

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