posted on May, 5 2011 @ 06:42 PM
A rift has been brewing between Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a bit now.
For those following this spat it started when the Ayatollah fired Ahmadinejad's VP. Ahmadinejad hired him back as his chief of staff. The two are
reported to be very good friends and one's son is even married to the other one's daughter.
The most recent tiff occurred when Ahmadinejad fired an intelligence minister and Khamenei hired him back. This led to Ahmadinejad basically taking
his toys and going home for a bit - he staged an 11 day walk out.
This prompted much criticism from those loyal to Khamenei and has culminated in....
Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery
Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an
increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with
being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).
Many feel the feud between the two is basically because of the original firing and rehiring of Mashaei by Ahmadinejad as his chief of staff. The
Ayatollah is no fan of Mashaei.
However, it has taken a strange twist....
But the feud has taken a metaphysical turn following the release of an Iranian documentary alleging the imminent return of the Hidden Imam Mahdi
– the revered saviour of Shia Islam, whose reappearance is anticipated by believers in a manner comparable to that with which Christian
fundamentalists anticipate the second coming of Jesus.
Conservative clerics, who say that the Mahdi's return cannot be predicted, have accused a "deviant current" within the president's inner circle,
including Mashaei, of being responsible for the film.
Ahmadinejad's obsession with the hidden imam is well known. He often refers to him in his speeches and in 2009 said that he had documentary evidence
that the US was trying to prevent Mahdi's return.
Since Ahmadinejad's return this week, at least 25 people, who are believed to be close to Mashaei, have been arrested. Among them is Abbas Amirifar,
head of the government's cultural committee and some journalists of Mashaei's recently launched newspaper, Haft-e-Sobh.
I appears that as of now the Ayatollah is having the upper hand in this power struggle. One question is which side will the military take if it comes