Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who served as President of Iran from 2005 to 2013, may very well become leader once more. The 60-year-old is said to have defied the advice of the nation’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and registered to run for office once again. The end decision is in the hands of the Ayatollah himself.
According to NBC News, the matter is one of severe concern to citizens of Iran, as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election has the potential to “upend politics in the country” as well as cause conflict when it comes to global affairs. His re-election in 2009 led to severe political unrest in the nation, and being put back into office once again could quite possibly bite him back even harder this time.
The fact that the former Iranian president went directly against the advice of Ayatollah Khamenei is also a major issue. Even though, as revealed by The Washington Post, Ahmadinejad brushed off the Supreme Leader’s warning as “only advice,” his decision to run regardless shows his lack of respect for Iran’s governmental authority.
Nearby nation leaders, as well as those elsewhere in the Middle East, are wary of the Aradan native’s re-election. Those Sunni Arab states in the Persian Gulf sleep with one eye open due to the nation’s history with nuclear weapons, and the fact that is a world power when it comes to such things. They are concerned that Iranian officials have direct influence when it comes to Yemen’s Shiite rebels, who are currently in control of the country even though a military campaign led by Saudis was launched some time ago to relinquish their hold.
Another problem, reports The New York Times, lies with the support given by Iran to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who is being accused of launching a deadly chemical attack on his own people last Tuesday, April 4. Although Assad has insisted that no such thing happened and all of the media stories depicting the horrific aftermath have been fabricated to tarnish his name, it is more the fact that the latter nation’s government officials have been on the Syrian leader’s side for some time now, especially over the past six years of the country’s civil war.
The leader’s of Israel’s government, particularly Benjamin Netanyahu, are extremely concerned when it comes to the idea of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being re-elected, given the things he has said regarding the Holocaust and its legitimacy. Some time ago, the former president raised into question just how many people actually died during that time, going on to suggest that the total amount was exaggerated. He has made no qualms regarding his view of the country on the whole, unabashedly admitting that he would like to see the whole nation destroyed with his own nation’s weapons.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow