Al Arabiya – A website belonging to supporters of the Iranian supreme leader published a headline stating that the country’s president and his supporters are working with the Israelis in a plot against the Islamic republic.
But the website, www.ammariyon.ir, removed the text of the story less than an hour after it had been posted, leaving the headline only. The country’s supervisory media control had requested that the story be removed.
The Iranian hardliners referred to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his top adviser and chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, and their supporters as the “deviant ones.”
Recent violent confrontations between the Republican Guards and Ahmadinejad supporters have resulted in the arrest of a number of the president’s supporters.
The row between Ahmadinejad and the country’s supreme leader, Ali Khamanei, began in April 2011 when Ahmadinejad fired his intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi.
Ahmadinejad’s decision was overruled by Khamenei and the two men have been in conflict ever since.
The row has also raised a constitutional crisis. Under the Iranian constitution Ahmadinejad has the right to fire a member of his cabinet. While there is no explicit law allowing the Supreme Leader supervision of the cabinet, his role as the nation’s religious leader gives him de facto authority over virtually all government policy.