Ahmadinejad versus the Technocrats

15 05 2008

URL: http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27966/pub_detail.asp
Source: Middle Eastern Outlook (American Enterprise Institute)

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidency in 2005 by promising to “bring the oil money to the tables of the people.” Despite record oil revenue, his promises remain unfulfilled. As inflation soars and quality of life deteriorates–especially among the downtrodden (mostaz’af) whose interests Ahmadinejad claims to represent–Iranian politicians argue over responsibility. Ahmadinejad blames “foreign hands,” “internal enemies,” and even his own cabinet ministers.

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