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INU - On Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, criticized President Hassan Rouhani for accepting the terms of the UNESCO 2030 Agenda agreement. He declared, “The fact that some people say this agreement is not binding is naïve. All aspects of this agreement are binding and if due action is not taken they will take action against us.” He added, “This is a very important issue, for some people to sit in the United Nations and establish an intellectual, cultural, scientific and practical system for all nations, to have the entire world think as they wish.”

 As tensions in Tehran intensify before the upcoming presidential election on May 19, President Hassan Rouhani has been criticized by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for comments he made on Sunday, saying his policy of detente with the West had reduced the threat of Iran becoming involved in a war.  

Iran’s lobbyists contend that there is a battle between moderate elements and hardline conservatives being waged in the Iranian regime. However, in reality, The Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has the final say, and whoever is President is subject to his commands.

As we close in to the sham presidential elections in Iran, former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also entered the factional disputes and, as promised, has focused his attacks against other regime officials. There are speculations over his target being Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or President Hassan Rouhani.

 By INU Staff 

INU - On Wednesday, PanArmenian reported upon remarks that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had made regarding the nation’s forthcoming presidential election, during his televised speech on the occasion of the Iranian New Year celebration of Nowruz. Khamenei said he would “confront anyone who wants to tamper with the results of the people’s vote,” and he went on to specifically connect this to the 2009 mass uprisings that resulted from accusations that the government had manipulated the outcome of that year’s election in order to preserve the presidency of the infamous hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who would like to reinstate a fundamentalist commander in chief, plans to nominate seven or eight candidates to compete against President Hassan Rouhani in the upcoming presidential elections, Iran-based sources said.

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