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Tehran troubles as president and Supreme Leader lock horns

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Tehran troubles as president and Supreme Leader lock horns

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A major power struggle in Iran threatens to shake the Islamic Republic to its core.

Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sacked his intelligence minister last month.

That prompted the unprecedented intervention of the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who restored Heydar Moslehi, the minister in question.

Ahmadinejad then boycotted cabinet meetings and stayed at home for 10 days, in an apparent protest over the ministers reinstatement.

Conservatives in Tehran are concerned that the president is trying to take more control of security and foreign policy from the clerics.

The president has dismissed reports that he was told to publicly accept Moslehi’s reappointment or resign.

The president has been warned that he faces impeachment if he refuses to obey Khamenei.