Iran's president on Wednesday shunned a Cabinet meeting for the second consecutive time, apparently expressing his discontent over a recent government appointment by the country's supreme leader. Sources in Tehran claim there is a growing rift between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The confrontation stems from Ahmadinejad's recent dismissal of the intelligence minister, Heidar Moslehi, who was then promptly reinstated by Khamenei. Sources believe Moslehi's resignation came following a dispute between him and the president's chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai.
Iranian media said Moslehi attended Wednesday's Cabinet session. Ahmadinejad abstained, as he did on Sunday. Al Arabiya TV channel reported that Ahmadinejad submitted his resignation but later changed his mind.
Meanwhile, 12 Iranian MPs have called for the impeachment of Ahmadinejad for numerous violations of laws approved by parliament.
On its part, the pro-Ahmadinejad Dolatyar website wrote that persistent "attacks and pressure" against the government could turn Iran into "a bloody scene of clashes."
However, a conservative MP told Borna News Agency yesterday that Ahmadinejad visited the Supreme Leader Monday night to discuss "his concerns." Some conservative figures have accused Ahmadinejad of resisting the orders from Ayatollah Khamenei.