Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

President Robert Mugabe emerges from house arrest

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Harassment and hypocrisy in Washington

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Military pressures Robert Mugabe to step down, Macron mediates Lebanon crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France raises a glass to tourism

Read more

FOCUS

France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

Read more

#THE 51%

Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

Read more

#TECH 24

The future of surgery

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

Read more

ENCORE!

Director Joachim Trier: True horror is a 'lack of self-acceptance'

Read more

Middle east

Rafsanjani falls foul of hardliners

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-09

Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lost his post as chairman of a powerful clerical body Tuesday following concerns from hardliners about his proximity to the progressive opposition, local media report.

AP - State television says former President Hashemi Rafsanjani has lost his position as the head of a powerful clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing Iran's supreme leader.

Rafsanjani is a bitter enemy of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and tacitly supported his rival in Iran's bitter dispute over the 2009 presidential elections.

Hardliners and supporters of Ahmadinejad had lobbied hard in recent weeks to push Rafsanjani out of the post and supported Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani to replace him. Kani is a moderate conservative not seen as a supporter of the opposition.

Rafsanjani didn't seek the chairmanship because Kani applied, and Kani got 63 votes as the sole candidate.

The change is a boost for hardliners within the ruling system and another setback for moderates and reformists.

Date created : 2011-03-08

  • IRAN

    Iran parliament calls for prosecution of opposition leaders

    Read more

  • IRAN

    Opposition leaders Mousavi, Karoubi 'transferred' to Tehran prison

    Read more

COMMENT(S)