Iranian cleric blasts Ahmadinejad

Ayatollah accuses president of "not complying with the will of the people;" calls him "a major threat."

Ahmadinejad happy 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Ahmadinejad happy 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
An Iranian cleric accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of betraying the people and called on reformers to unite to defeat him in next year's elections, according to an interview in a German newspaper quoted by Reuters, Wednesday. "Ahmadinejad is not complying with the will of the people," The Financial Times Deutschland quoted Grand Ayatollah Bajat Sanjani as saying. "This is a major threat, a big danger," the cleric added in an unusually direct personal attack. The newspaper also said Sanjani accused Ahmadinejad's government of breaking the law, seriously violating personal freedom and illegally empowering the Revolutionary Guard. Ahmadinejad is expected to run for a second term in Iran's next presidential election, slated to take place early in 2009. His reformist rivals are expected to attack him especially on his economic policies. Iran suffers from a rising consumer price index, high percentage of unemployment and an inflation of 26 percent.