Thursday, November 03, 2005

Iran Continuing Purge of Reformers - Yahoo! News

Iran Continuing Purge of Reformers - Yahoo! News:

"Iran Continuing Purge of Reformers

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Wed Nov 2, 7:45 PM ET

TEHRAN, Iran -
Iran's government announced Wednesday that 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats, including supporters of warmer ties with the West, will be fired, continuing a purge of reformers as the regime takes an increasingly tough stance at home and abroad.

The diplomatic changes are part of a government shake-up by ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that includes putting Islamic hard-liners in key posts at security agencies. Some Iranians worry the president will bring back strict social policies.

Ahmadinejad has steered the Persian state into a more confrontational stance in its dealings with other nations, particularly in facing suspicions about whether Iran's nuclear program is illicitly trying to develop nuclear weapons, a charge the regime denies.

The president also raised a storm of international criticism last week by calling for
Israel to be 'wiped off the map.'"

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