Ali Akbar Velayati was addressing the United Nations as Iran’s foreign minister when a dissident rushed onstage, snatched his speech and tore it up. As security wrestled the man away, Velayati waited calmly with his hands in his pockets.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signaled that his dispute with a potential successor, parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, is still alive as the country celebrated the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Republic.
A brother of Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said he will file a legal complaint against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his “lies” after the president accused his family of corruption, state-run Fars reported.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reprimanded the nation’s president and his political rival for starting a battle in the public eye, stating again the need to preserve a united front to fight western sanctions.
Iran’s Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani cut short an address at a gathering to mark the revolution’s 34th anniversary after he was attacked by backers of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his political rival, Iran Labour News Agency reported.