The Rift Deepens

by Chris Bodenner

Ahmadi isn't caving to Khamenei's call to nix Mashaie, his controversial pick for VP. As Nico puts it, "This is getting interesting."

"I like Rahim Mashaie for 1,000 reasons. One of the biggest honours of my life and one of the biggest favours from God to me is knowing Rahim Mashaie," Ahmadinejad said. "He is like a pure source of water," the president said in an address at a farewell function for the aide after he officially resigned from his position as vice president in charge of tourism to take up his new post. [...] "Unfortunately not many people know him."