Iran`s president fires 14 advisers: Report

Dismissals appear to signal a rift at the top levels of Iranian leadership.

Updated: Jan 03, 2011, 00:03 AM IST

Tehran: An Iranian pro-government website says
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired 14 advisers as part of
an ongoing shake-up of his administration.

Today`s report from says Ahmadinejad
sacked the advisers a day earlier in an effort to help reduce
the size of the government. The dismissals have not been
confirmed by state media or the president`s office.

Last month, Ahmadinejad abruptly fired his longtime
foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, as well as his vice
president for youth affairs, Mehrdad Bazrpash.

Those dismissals appeared to signal a rift at the top
levels of the Iranian leadership, pitting the president
against rival conservatives.