The political wranglings between Iran’s two most powerful men are becoming more tense. The rift between the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is growing and now the battle has another victim.
Muhammad Sharif Malekzadeh, a close ally of the President, has been arrested on charges of financial corruption. Only a week after being appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister, Malekzadeh was forced to resign two days ago.
Hardline supporters of the Supreme Leader, including the majority of the parliament, are accusing President Ahmedinejad of trying to undermine clerical power and revolutionary values. In recent weeks, at least 25 people close to the President have been arrested and others have been banned from holding office.