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Trouble in Tehran?

By on 12.13.10 | 11:11AM

Well, this is interesting.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just fired his Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki while Mottaki was in the midst of an African tour.

Mottaki, who has served as Ahmadinejad's Foreign Minister since taking office in 2005, has been replaced on an interim basis by Ali Akbar Salehi, who happens to be Iran's chief negotiator for its nuclear program.

One can only hope that this is a sign of a power struggle.  Mottaki is considered close to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei and Khamenei could take this move as a sign that Ahmadinejad is challenging his authority.  Perhaps the only way the Iranian regime will fall is if it crumbles from within.

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