Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The article here from the New York Times that I referenced yesterday has a comment near the end from Mohsen Rezaei, one of the four candidates during the election and one that I found to be particularly interesting. When Rezaei and Ahmadinejad debated each other during the election campaign the two subjects they talked most about were the economy and the role of the president, with Ahmadinejad saying that a president needs to be an expert in just about everything (advocating a strong central role) and Rezaei saying that a president needs to surround himself with capable advisers in order to be able to make good decisions, as well as saying that provinces need to be given more ability to make their own decisions on matters that they know better than the central government - constructing dams and whatnot, for example. I followed the debate the day it happened here.
Rezaei is 100% correct of course when he says that a government whose sole quality depends on how well it agrees with the president would be weak. We'll find out soon enough just how weak Ahmadinejad's proposed cabinet will be.