Is Ahmadinejad’s team planning a military coup in Iran?

The fundamentalist movement in Iran close to the supreme leader of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has criticized president Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his close circle, referring to it as “the perverted team,” of planning a military coup in a bid to take full control of the country.

Newspapers in Iran have spilled a lot of ink about what is going on in the country, especially after Daoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president’s brother, declared that the so-called perverted team might resort to the military option soon.

The Iranian press has raised the following questions: Will Ahmadinejad resort to a military coup? Will division and inner conflict between Ahmadinejad’s supporters and opponents take over the Revolutionary Guard? Or will the Bassij and the Revolutionary Guard enter into confrontation for Ahmadinejad’s sake?

These questions were raised after Daoud Ahmadinejad pointed to the intentions of the “perverted team” to lead a military coup d’état without identifying the side he was talking about.

The term “perverted team” was used for the first time by the fundamentalist movement to designate the people close to the president’s brother. Did Daoud mean by the “perverted movement” the reformists who demonstrated in the streets after the presidential elections results had been published, in June 2009, to protest the reelection of Mahmud Ahmadinejad for a second presidential term?

Furthermore, press outlets in Iran reported that the president’s brother has referred to secret talks held few weeks ago in Machhed city between members of Ahmadinejad’s government and a number of leaders in the Revolutionary Guard and to which he personally assisted with a group of observers from the supreme leader’s office.


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