Several senior Iranian clergymen have declined an offer to meet with the country’s former president, Mahmud Ahmadineyad, to undermine his efforts to return to the political scene before the May 2021 presidential election.
“The clerics have not forgotten what Ahmadinejad did during his presidency and therefore rejected their requests,” cleric Ali Ajbar Massudi told Jabar-Online about the controversial final months of the president’s tenure. peppered with violence and readiness to fight – starting with the denial of the Holocaust – that virtually isolated Iran from the rest of the international community.
Last week Ahmadinejad visited the city of Qom, one of the holy cities of Shiism, with the intention of meeting with the religious dome, but no clergyman except one agreed to meet him.
“He was President for eight years and didn’t do anything positive … and now he wants to run again,” added Massudi. “I suggest that Ahmadinejad stay home in his old days and pray for God’s forgiveness,” added the Ayatollah.