In Iran, Ahmadinejad’s bold gambits boost presidential power

Far larger than life, images of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fill screens perched above Iran’s cavernous parliament chamber where the archconservative president has come to make a pitch for his two new ministerial choices. The replacements are “pious men” and it’s his right as “coach of the team” to make adjustments, he tells the lawmakers. The legislators offer exasperated criticism about the president’s endless supply of new candidates – he has seeded like-minded ideologues at all levels of government – and his easy readiness to topple ministers. But on this day last month, they relent. Full Story

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