Today, eight years of occupied presidential seat is vacated by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The beginning of these eight years was much different from the way it’s ended. He has left power in a situation where he and his policies are being widely criticized by people. Lets understand what is exactly going to end by Ahmadinejad’s leaving office?
The name of Ahmadinejad appeared in media since he became the mayor of Tehran; which was his Launch pad for presidential election in 2005. His mayorship had lots of margins, as there was some doubt about how he spent budgets during his tenure. But he and his ultra conservative supporters launched a campaign to introduce Ahmedinejad as a simple, identifiable and prolific person who lives like ordinary people, without any emphasis on his credentials in managing power and governance.
Since the beginning his method of operation has largely been restricted to attack and threaten his opponents but he has been laying claims at exposing his opponents whom he kept anonymous but he has never been able to put forth valuable proof for these claims. He was always talking about some individuals and groups who have blocked capitals and are obstacle against implementing government’s decisions. But he never disclosed any names.
This strategy made an image of him as a struggler against the mafia and centers of power and capitalists. His over-confidence in criticizing all previous policies and also smart manipulation in statistics, made him a hero among the masses. Some rumors were spread about threat to his life since he had decided to take on all powers in 2005 election. Interestingly, a book entitled ‘Ahmadinejad; the miracle of third millennium’ was written by ‘Fatemeh Rajabi’.
Finally in 2005 Ahmadinejad came into power and it was time for him to show his capabilities in foreign policy. He was the only president who used all his opportunities to attend and make speech in UN General Assembly. After returning he addressed a session with a high ranking religious scholar Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, he claimed he had a ‘Halo’ around his head during a speech in the United Nations while all members of the summit were astonished at his remark. He rejected that he had said anything like that later while a video from the session was published all over the web.
He talked about elimination of Israeli regime; called Holocaust as a fiction; called UN resolutions as worthless papers which cannot affect Iran. The rhetoric he was using was pleasing many people but many were feeling ashamed.
However, his explicit statements against West and Israel, brought a worldwide fame for him especially in the Muslim world. He became the symbol of standing against the arrogance of western powers. But other side of the coin which remains unexplored for non-Iranian people is how these approaches without sound backing has put Iran into trouble.
The same Ahmadinejad during his last travel to New York frequently declared his tendency to negotiate with US. He could come to power by surfing media waves that he created himself for his support and who had a specific position in media because of his bold statements and decisions, almost doesn’t have any position in the political environment of Iran. Ahmadinejad who could make a new wave in media every week, few weeks before the election almost disappeared form media glare, as if he did not exist.
All his supporters stand against him now realizing if it was possible to justify his policies before, the the current situation made by United States sanctions on our economy which is slow and limited to dealing with oil which reduces the value of Rial (Iranian currency) down to one-third (and in a short period of time to one-forth) and caused increasing price hikes. A record like that doesn’t give any chance to defend the government policies for his supporters.
Although Ahmadinejad will leave presidential building today, but he left us with a disintegrated economy, a high inflation and unemployment, many unclear and baseless statistics, a broken relationship between cultural body and government, and a destroyed situation in international relations. As many analysts say, if the new government can work well and all other power sources help it, we can be hopeful to make our way back to where we were eight years ago.
Today is the end of the government of trial and error. It is an end to slander and libel, an end to the government of lie and manipulation of statistics. The end for cheating people by mere sloganeering and futile actions and most importantly, the end of a government in which there was no safe margin for ethic in it.