Ahmadinejad cancels meeting of branch heads

22 Jun 2010

The confrontation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration with the Islamic Azad University reached a new level yesterday, casting a shadow on the prescheduled meeting of the heads of the three branches of the Iranian regime. One day after a Tehran court ruled in favor of Azad University and on the day that the eighth Majlis passed a bill authorizing amendments to the bylaws of non-government universities only if recommended by its founders, Ahmadinejad cancelled his prescheduled meeting with the Larijani brothers in protest.

On Saturday, a Tehran court ruled to temporarily hinder the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution from amending the Islamic Azad University’s bylaws. The ruling was issued at the request of Azad University board of founders. Political analysts hailed the ruling as a major victory for the university’s officials in their struggle against Ahmadinejad’s administration, which has attempted tirelessly in the past five years to wrestle control of the institution out of the hands of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Only one day after the court ruling, Majlis representatives passed a bill to clarify the procedure for amending the bylaws of non-government universities and centers of higher education, which include Azad University. According to the new bill, only the founders of the academic institutions had the authority to propose amendments to the bylaws before such amendments could be finalized by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution.

Fars new agency quoted an advisor to Ali Larijani yesterday who confirmed the postponement of the meeting of the three heads of the branches of government. Speaking to reporters, Hassan Zamani, the advisor to the speaker of the Majlis, said that the meeting of the heads of the three branches of government had been postponed to a later date. Although he did not disclose the reason for the postponement, an informed source told RoozOnline that the meeting was postponed because of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s extreme dissatisfaction with the way the Larijani brothers – one heading the judiciary and the other the legislative branches – have been doing business.

Rafsanjani, Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Abdollah Jasbi and Seyyed Ahmad Khomeini are the first founders and board of trustees of the Azad University, which was established in 1982 at the initiation of Rafsanjani and with the approval of the late ayatollah Khomeini.

source: RoozOnline

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