Ahmadinejad still has five weeks before Hassan Rouhani takes over as head of Government, but — despite warnings that he could cause mischief — he almost completely disappeared from this month’s Presidential election and has scarcely bothered the headlines. While as President, he still updates his official website, president.ir, President-elect Rouhani has eclipsed him even in cyberspace, creating his own president92.ir website.
The pro-Ahmadinejad IRNA tries its best to revive the President with a lead story that he has flown to Zanjan Province to inaugurate several projects, featuring Ahmadinejad smiling and waving as he enters the plane.
No one else follows, however — Fars, linked to the Revolutionary Guards, sees no reason to mention the trip. Nor do Khabar Online, the outlet of Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, or Mehr News.
Indeed, Mehr prefers a jab at Ahmadinejad. It features a letter from leading MP Ahmad Tavakoli — a long-time critic of the Government — to Larijani, alleging that the President has manipulated the currency market so billions in Government debt “disappeared”.
UPDATE: Fars News in Persian has just noticed Ahmadinejad’s trip to Zanjan, with a very short article reporting that the outgoing President has opened a sanitary products factory there.
Rouhani Meets Seyed Hassan Khomeini
President-elect Hassan Rouhani, whose public relations campaign including in English has continued after his election victory, announced late Friday via his website and social media tha cleric Seyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had visited him. Seyed Hassan congratulated Rouhani, and the two had a discussion, according to Rouhani’s website.
— Dr Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) June 28, 2013
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