Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Benin feels the pinch of Nigeria's economic woes

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Deutsche Bank shares recover after turbulent week

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inside Aleppo: 'Feels like prison'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, The Battle of Aleppo (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump-Clinton Debate, Colombia Peace Deal, Death of the BlackBerry (Part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

France

Ahmadinejad under fire for hugging Chavez's mother

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-03-10

Iran’s religious conservatives have reacted furiously to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugging the distraught mother of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at his funeral, describing the gesture as “un-Islamic”.

Iran’s religious conservatives have reacted furiously to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugging the distraught mother of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at his funeral last Friday.

Photos emerged of Ahmadinejad giving the elderly Elena Frias de Chavez a hug at last Friday’s funeral in Caracas, a gesture deemed “un-Islamic” by religious conservatives.

They said that hugging and expressing emotions were “improper for the dignity of the president of a country like the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Mohammad Taghi-Rahbar, the Friday prayer leader of Iran's second city, Isfahan, told Mehr news agency that Mr Ahmadinejad had "lost control".

He added: "Shaking hands with a non-mahram (unrelated by family) woman, under any circumstances, whether young or old, is not allowed.”

Ahmadinejad also managed to anger the conservatives when he announced a day of national mourning following the death of Chavez.

Date created : 2013-03-10

  • FRANCE

    World 'needs dictators like Chavez' says French minister

    Read more

  • Venezuela

    World leaders, celebrities gather to honor Hugo Chavez

    Read more

  • VENEZUELA

    Chavez leaves behind mixed legacy in Arab world

    Read more

COMMENT(S)