Reactions to ousting of Health Minister
- “Ousting reminds me of Shah’s behavior” – Clergymen faction member in the Majlis, Mohammad Baqeri, said that Ahmadinejad’s behavior is reminiscent of that of Shah Reza Pahlavi (Reza Khan), the first king in the Phalavi dynasty, and expressed surprise as to why the Minister was fired after having been praised by the President and his deputy in the past. He added that her termination indicates a lack of overall management of Iran’s affairs.
- Ousting of Health Minister “dangerous political game,” calls on president to cease – Majlis member Avaz Heydarpour discussed the removal of the Minister of Health, saying that the move at this particular time is tainted with the scent of political motivations. According to Heydarpour, the Majlis believes that there are ministers who are unworthy of sitting in their seats but due to the need for calm and stability in the country, a decision was made not to remove any minister until the end of the government’s term. However, President Ahmadinejad’s decision to oust the Health Minister at a time when the country needs a calm political climate due to economic and political problems is a sensational decision and is in keeping with the President’s behavior. Heydarpour, who is a member of the Majlis Defense Committee, stressed that the President began a dangerous game and expressed the hope that the President was aware of his status and that of the country and would stop playing political games. If he continues this way, the Majlis would undoubtedly respond vehemently.