Ayatollah Khamenei

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei met with the outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday and praised the track record of his administration.

Iranian media report that the leader of the Islamic Republic denounced “foreign and domestic media outlets” that are trying to “ignore the accomplishments of this administration.”

He stressed that the “unrelenting industrious efforts” of the Ahmadinejad administration should not be ignored. He commended the current government’s attempts at “bringing forth the mottos of the Revolution within and outside the country.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected in 2009 amid great controversy due to allegations of vote fraud. Ayatollah Khamenei backed Ahmadinejad and refused to allow for a recount.

In the past four years, however, even he has found himself in serious dispute with Ahmadinejad. The Ahmadinejad administration is being seriously criticized by senior members of the establishment as the cause of the country’s severe economic decline.