Stress fractures between the two Iranian heavyweights have been obvious in recent months. Now Ahmadinejad has boycotted his own office to highlight his displeasure. Reports from Tehran say Ahmadinejad has avoided two consecutive Cabinet meetings and he is showing discontent over interference by the Ayatolla.
That Ahmadinejad is conducting his own stop-work protest has speculation revved up. Some analysts are comparing the Ayatollah Khameni-Ahmadinejad relationship with Vladimir Putin – Medvedev in Russia.
One of the founders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Dr. Mohsen Sazegara said, “We have always had this divide by two system, since the founding of the Islamic Republic. The main problem here is a lack of democratic mechanisms in the constitution of the country. There will always be disagreements, and competition for power.”
The tension became obvious when Khamenei stepped in and overruled staff appointments made by the president. When Ahmadinejad tried to fire the powerful intelligence chief, Khamenei reversed the decision. “I principally have no intention to get involved in affairs related to the government, but I do whenever I consider a decision as not being expedient as in the recent case (of the intelligence chief),” the ayatollah said in a speech broadcast on state television.
This intervention put a spanner in the works. Ahmadinejad wants to control the intelligence area so he is positioned to influence the appointment of his likely successor. The struggle was highlighted further when Ahmadinejad planned to make a live televised address on the economy but was told his remarks had to be made on video, suggesting the censor’s knife was at hand.
Ayatollah Khamenei is threatened by any power faction which is able to dictate the presidential office for more than eight years. Ahmadinejad officially has another two years to go. A tense tug-o-war between the two leaders will detablize Iran particularly if Khamenei ups his interference so as to rid the leadership of Ahmadinejad loyalists.
The airing of Iran’s dirty laundry prompted the Supreme Leader to warn, “If there are disputes, we mustn’t frown in front of the people, and give ammunition to foreign media.”
There is an obvious tension among the Iranian leaders and this could lead to a major upheaval. I’m wondering if the unity in Iran is beginning to disintegrate?
The Bible describes the Archangel Michael as the Prince of Israel. I find these word very interesting “Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia (Iran); so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come. However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.” (Daniel 10:20-21)
Have intercessors started to see the answer to their persistent prayer and fasting? Has the principality over Iran started to feel the pressure?
One thing is for sure, we should keep praying and also expecting the Lord will intervene effectively and triumphantly.