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Ahmadinejad mulled resignation over row: Reports

Ayatollah Khamenei vetoed a minister`s sacking but finally decided not to.

Tehran: Iran`s President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad considered resigning after supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vetoed a minister`s sacking, but
ultimately decided not to, parliament`s deputy speaker said
on Sunday.

"At one stage the president went as far as
(considering) to resign, but he calculated that he should
continue his work," Mohammad Reza Bahonar, the first deputy
speaker of conservative-dominated parliament, was quoted as

Ahmadinejad withdrew from public life for 10 days in
late April in protest after Khamenei blocked his decision to
dismiss Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi.

The showdown triggered a political crisis within the
conservative camp in the Iranian political hierarchy, with the
ultra-religious conservatives denouncing Ahmadinejad`s
decision as a threat to the regime and urging him to toe the

"The supreme leader wants the government to continue
its work to the end of its term with serenity and on a natural
course," Bahonar added referring to the end of Ahamdinejad`s
tenure in August 2013.

Ahmadinejad cannot run for the next presidential
election set for June 2013 as the Islamic republic
constitution prohibits more than two successive terms for


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