When President Ahmadinejad turns to the left the sight of demonstrating thousands greets his gaze, when he turns to the right, faces of bearded angry clerics shouting in his direction compel attention to their demands. He is now caught in cross-fire from liberal reformers and hard-line clerics who disagree with his economic policies as well as his choices for the Cabinet. Right wing cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told the president, “before naming individuals for ministries, the government and parliament must co-ordinate.” In other words, check with us before you select anyone. Most probably as he is inaugurated for a second term, there will be demonstrations all over Iran by liberal reformers who want a democratic Iran in which the voice of the people is respected.
Ahmadinejad in the past few weeks even received criticism from the Supreme Ayatollah who is also chief man in the Iranian nation. Ahmadinejad denied there was a rift between Ayatollah Khamenei and himself. “What they do not understand is that the relationship between us and the Supreme Leader goes beyond politics and administration. It is based on kindness, on ideology, it is like that of a father and son.”
Perhaps, attacks on his competency have made Ahmadinejad, at least for the present, abandon any thoughts of using the army to usurp power from the clergy.