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Iranian Disputes Aggravate, Khamenei Takes down Rouhani’s Men | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech before senior officials, and in the presence of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei two weeks ago

London- Grave disputes are sprawling between Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, informed sources located in Iran revealed. The rift is said to have started over the subject of managing internal and foreign affairs. Clashes peaked over the last few days, especially after Iranian Presidency office officials were barred from entering cabinet sessions.

Sources reveal that indirect arguments and quarrels –evident in both of Khamenei and Rouhani’s speeches- was a result of Khamenei’s tenacity on interfering with presidential affairs.

Sahamnews, an Iranian reform-endorsing website, said that sources disclosed on Khamenei having issued orders on excluding Iranian Presidential Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian and Rouhani’s brother Hossein Feridon, who is also responsible for the government’s public relations department, from entering cabinet sessions.

Khamenei left Rouhani before one of two choices, either the latter forces for Nahavandian and Feridon’s attendance – expending presidential authority-or he maintains good terms with Supreme Leadership, Sahamnews reported.

Rouhani expressed deep discomfort towards information on his disputes with Khamenei being leaked and publicized. He carped on media outlets zooming in on rifts within spheres of Iranian authority.

Khamenei, according to sources, refused to answer to any appeasing attempts on Rouhani’s side, proving forever ardent on meddling with administrative affairs. Khamenei had steered clear from any initiatives taken by Rouhani for the enhancement and settling of dispute.

Not only that, but Khamenei also gave harsh criticism censuring Iranian government spokesperson Mohammad Reza Nobakht and many other officials working in Rouhani’s office. Khamenei’s criticism, allegedly, was based on Iranian intelligence and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reports prepared on the corrupted involvement and violations of Rounahni’s officials.

On the other hand, Rouhani’s administration denied all accusations revealed by reports, most of which that were exposed by Pervez Ismaili, editor-in-chief of the conservative Iranian news agency Mehr.

Rouhani argued that circulated information on Khamenei issuing orders for changing the Iranian administration to be a mere episode in a series of hearsay on division.