Iranian regime officials were intimidated by Ahmadinejad’s Islamic revolutionary “essence”, claims regime cleric

A prominent hardline Iranian regime cleric has slammed the regime leadership’s banning of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from standing as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, suggesting that unidentified senior regime officials were relieved at the Supreme Leader’s decision since they were intimidated by Ahmadinejad’s Islamic and revolutionary credentials.

In this Friday sermon delivered in Tehran on April 20,  Jannati, appointed as temporary leader of the Friday prayers by the Supreme Leader, said, “What they [the regime leadership] saw in Ahmadinejad was his essence and they welcomed his denial [to stand as a candidate] in the election since he was the icon of the Islamic Revolution and was indoctrinated in the school of Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei], and educated in Islamic governance and the basic principles of Mohammedan Islam.”