Sunday, 17 February 2013

Iran Live Coverage: Admitting the Battle Within

0735 GMT: We begin with an interesting shift in State media, giving precedence to the Supreme Leader's comments on the battle within the regime --- including his castigation of President Ahmadinejad for "immoral" and "illegal" behaviour and criticism of the Larjiani brothers, Speaker of Parliament Ali and head of judiciary Sadegh, for their "excessive" response and failure to unify in the fight against corruption --- in a speech on Saturday morning.

Initially Press TV maintained silence over the remarks, as it headlined another section of Ayatollah Khamenei's statement on relations with the US and Iran's nuclear programme. However, later in the day, it shifted emphasis, highlighting the Supreme Leader's criticism of the three heads of Government as an injunction to "set aside their differences and work toward promoting the country's economic conditions". The report paid attention to the incident that sparked the latest and most intense Ahmadinejad-Larijani clash --- the President's attempt, in a speech on the floor of Parliament, to produce an audio tape proving corruption in the Larijani family --- and also featured the Supreme Leader's admission of economic problems, although he then insisted that "these have failed to distance the people from the Islamic establishment".

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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