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Iran Election Diary

Ahmadinejad's 'Family Justice'

Ahmadinejad with his wife at an election campaign rally in Tehran on June 2
Ahmadinejad with his wife at an election campaign rally in Tehran on June 2
An Iranian website has published a chart detailing the jobs Mahmud Ahmadinejad has given to a number of his siblings, brothers-in-law, and a nephew.

Nepotism and favoritism aren't exactly unusual among senior Iranian officials, but it is rare for such a chart to be published even on a reformist website that supports Musavi.

The chart was titled "Family Justice," a reference to Ahmadinejad's promise of bringing justice to Iranian society and creating a meritocracy.

According to the chart, Ahmadinejad's sister, Parvin Ahmadinejad, is a deputy adviser to the presidential's women's center. Ahmadinejad's brother, Davud Ahmadinejad, is a chief inspector with the presidential inspection unit. And Ahmadinejad's nephew, Ali Akbar Mehrabian, is the mining and industry minister.

The chart also shows that a number of government jobs are held by relatives of Ahmadinejad's senior adviser and campaign manager, Mojtaba Samareh.

Samareh's brother, Abdolhamid Hashemi Samareh, is a deputy industry minister. And one of Samareh's sisters-in-law is an adviser on family issues at the Interior Ministry.

UPDATE: The original link now no longer works, for whatever reason. But the chart can be found on another site.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

Tags: nepotism,Iran,Mahmud Ahmadinejad

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by: Guest
June 08, 2009 22:47
I beleive it is normal case. Because, if we look to any side of the world, we can find a lot countries were people who are prezident's relatives previleged.

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