Ahmadinejad to Quit Politics in 2013 (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/17/12)
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A German newspaper reported on Saturday that Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will end his political career when his
second term ends next year.
Ahmadinejad was quoted as having said in an interview with with the
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper that he plans to
return to academia. He told the newspaper that though he might engage
in political activity at a university, "I will not found any
political party or group."
Ahmadinejad can´t run in Iran´s June 2013 elections because of term
limits. He was asked whether, like Russia´s Vladimir Putin, he
envisions returning to the presidency at a later date, and
replied, "No, eight years are enough."
Ahmadinejad last year lost a power struggle with Iran´s ruling
system, which had helped him rise from Tehran´s city hall to the
The Iranian president has found his fortunes sinking over the past
year, due to a falling out with his former mentor, Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ahmadinejad´s faction was dealt a severe blow in recent parliamentary
elections by Islamic hardliners loyal to Khamenei, and has found
himself grilled by parliament over his conduct and policies.
In addition to allegations that billions of precious oil dollars were
illegally diverted, Ahmadinejad has faced intense criticism over his
handling of Iran´s economy and foreign policy during its nuclear
showdown with the West.
As his country prepares for nuclear talks with the six major world
powers in Moscow, last week Ahmadinejad accused the world powers of
looking for ways to “find excuses and to waste time” in talks over
Tehran´s controversial nuclear program.
“Iran is ready to pursue negotiations in Moscow, and even in Beijing,
and has made good proposals,” Ahmadinejad said in the Chinese capital.
“But taking into account that, after a meeting in Baghdad and, in
conformity with what was agreed, our efforts to arrange a meeting
between the deputies of Ashton and the deputy of (Iranian negotiator
Saeed Jalili) have not been successful, we consider that the West is
looking for excuses to waste time,” he added. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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