Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the country's leadership of incompetence and ignorance just days after he was barred from standing in an election next month, the opposition Kaleme website reported on Thursday.
Rafsanjani's comments appeared to add to the political conflict between those loyal to the leadership and opposition groups who have been marginalised since post-election unrest in 2009.
"I don't think the country could have been run worse, even if it had been planned in advance," Rafsanjani said to members of his campaign team on Wednesday, according to the Kaleme report.
"I don't want to stoop to their propaganda and attacks but ignorance is troubling. Don't they understand what they're doing?"