Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has expressed his full support for the country's embattled hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But it appears what really prompted the Iranian supreme leader to come to the defence of the president was the widespread discontent among the conservative camp over Mr Ahmadinejad's hardline policies.
On the other hand, couldn't it be that the Supreme leader is preparing an alibi? The president is getting too close to a number of interests of the clergy and he is also seems to want to reduce (or redirect) their role to that of spiritual leaders according to the orthodox Shia doctrine (al Sistani docet), perverted by Khomeini. Are we going to see a counter-coup?
It would certainly be the best solution at this point.