Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Leave Politics, Newspaper Reports
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will leave politics when his second term comes to an end, and does not envision a Vladimir Putin-style return to office after sitting out for a term, a German newspaper reported Sunday.
“Eight years are enough,” the controversial Iranian leader told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
I would’ve been a lot more skeptical if this had come from an Iranian source, but he told a German newspaper instead. I’ll believe it when I see it. The article makes some interesting comparisons to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well. We could see a similar play if Ahmadinejad is able to bring himself back from the purported political disfavor in the eyes of the mullahs.