Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been in an ongoing conflict with reform groups in the nation, but must now confront a growing dislike of his leadership style from conservatives. The Iranian parliament expressed displeasure at his appointment of Kamran Daneshjou as his new science minister which places him in a leadership role in university life. Daneshjou was Minister of Interior during the election riots and is blamed for abuse of those arrested as well as the death of many people. MP Amin Shabani asked his colleagues; “the question is whether the university environment will accept a renowned political and security figure” like Daneshjou.
The unanswered question is the position of Ayatollah Khamenei in this conflict. Does he seek peace and quiet? If so, would he accept a controversial figure exerting power in the university world since that would eventually spark student rebellions?
One thing increasingly is clear– the Iranian parliament intends to keep a close watch on Ahmadinejad.