Khamenei Names Ahmad Khomeini To National Security Council
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Iran’s spiritual leader has appointed the son of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as one of his representatives in the newly formed Supreme National Security Council, Tehran radio reported.
The broadcast said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday appointed Ahmad Khomeini to represent him in the council, for a term of three years.
The council is charged with overseeing defense and state security policy as well as coordinating the activities of various defense and intelligence bodies.
According to the constitution, the council is under the jurisdiction of President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a so-called pragmatist opposed by the rival radical camp.
In September, the president appointed Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri to head the council. Last month he asked Hassan Rowhani, who previously headed the parliamentary defense committee, to help set it up.
Rowhani was also appointed by Khamenei to the council on Monday.
Rafsanjani, elected in July, has been trying to overhaul the government to weed out radicals who oppose his liberal policies.
The 56-year-old president believes in easing the government’s stranglehold on the economy, encouraging foreign investment to boost the sluggish economy, and moderating Iran’s radical image abroad.
But his rivals in the radical camp, headed by Ahmad Khomeini and former Interior Minister Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, regard such changes as anathema.
Despite earlier speculation, Ahmad was not given any important post in the new government. Similarly, Mohtashemi, the most powerful figure among the radicals, was dropped from Rafsanjani’s new Cabinet.