Ahmadinejad named to top panel

AFP-JIJI

Iran’s supreme leader Monday appointed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Expediency Council, the country’s top political arbitration body, which is headed by an avid critic of the departing president.

In announcing the appointment, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised Ahmadinejad’s “worthy efforts” as president.

The council is headed by another ex-president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, who repeatedly criticized Ahmadinejad during his turbulent eight-year presidency for his controversial political and economic policies.

It is dominated by conservatives and acts as an advisory body for Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic republic, who has final say on all key policies.