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Ahmadinejad Calls Outgoing Minister A Peach

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has compared his outgoing health minister, Kamran Lankarani, to a peach you want to eat, a description usually used for a good-looking woman.

The video of Ahmadinejad‘s peach comments have been widely circulated on the Internet and posted on blogs and social-networking sites.

In the video Ahmadinejad praises Lankarani as a good and hard-working manager and says that he is personally very fond of him. Ahmadinejad then says that he once called Lankarani a peach that one wants to eat.

A conservative MP, Ali Ghanbari, has said that it is beneath the president’s dignity to compare his minister with a peach.

Bloggers and others have described Ahmadinejad’s comment as a little odd and the jokes have been flying back and forth: some have asked why he would want to replace his peachy minister; or that he didn’t attend a meeting of the Expediency Council because he was too busy eating peaches.

Or check out cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar's take.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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