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Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Set Up University After Exit From Office

July 28, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to establish a university after he leaves office next week, state-run Mehr news agency reported.

Ahmadinejad, who was in power for eight years, has received permission from the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council to open a university for post-graduate studies in the capital, Tehran, council member Mohammad-Hossein Yadegari told the news agency in a report published yesterday. Ahmadinejad said he “wanted to have scientific activity and work in educating,” Yadegari said.

Ahmadinejad aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei had previously said the president was seeking clearance to open an institution called the “Iranian University,” according to Mehr.

Ahmadinejad fell out of favor with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his second term was fraught with quarrels involving top officials. Still, he has indicated he will try to retain some power, telling reporters he “will continue serving” the Islamic Republic, according to a July 25 broadcast on state-run Press TV.

Local media said earlier this month that Ahmadinejad had ordered the creation of an agency in the presidential office in an effort to retain a presence even after successor Hassan Rohani takes over.

Rohani, elected June 14, will be endorsed in an Aug. 3 ceremony by Khamenei.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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