So long, Ahmadinejad

Ahmadinejad’s “domestic political aggression might lead the country into social and political instability—similar to or even worse than what the country went through after the 2009 Presidential elections,” Ali-Akbar Mousavi Khoeini, a former Iranian lawmaker told The Daily Beast in an interview Thursday. “The move by the Iranian parliament to question and to [try to] eventually impeach Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicates a serious divide amongst the conservatives in power.”…

“It’s not clear [whether] his supporters would be willing to stand behind him, should an impeachment materialize,” he said. But he added that other factors could bring the president down. “If the oil prices go down…or if Iran’s oil revenue is reduced, the Ahmadinejad government is not well-positioned to endure.” The country’s reliance on oil revenue makes it vulnerable, he said. “The only reason Mr. Ahmadinejad has been able to keep the country’s economy alive has been the $70 to $80 per barrel oil prices, and exports of over 2.5 million oil barrels per day. If anything should happen to this easily gained revenue, the Iranian economy would for sure become paralyzed and crash.”

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