Sunday , 24 January 2021
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a media conference at Iran's embassy after he attended the Developing-8 summit in Islamabad November 22, 2012. Israel has a "childish" desire to attack Iran and Tehran is capable of defending itself, Ahmedinejad said on Thursday. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed(PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3AQUH

Iran’s Former Hard-line President Asks Rouhani to Resign

Former hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked President Hassan Rouhani to resign.In a video published on his Telegram account Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that Iranians do not trust Rouhani. He said: “Your continued presence is at the expense of the country.”

Uncertainty resulting from the U.S. pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers has led Iran’s already anemic economy to worsen.

On Wednesday, Iranian lawmakers voted to sack Rouhani’s labor minister, a victory for hard-liners opposed to the relative moderate amid the worsening economic crisis.

Ahmadinejad has brought attention to himself since being blocked from running in last year’s presidential election.

While president, he famously questioned the Holocaust and claimed there were no gays or lesbians in Iran.