Ahmadinejad's Letter Congratulating Obama Sparks Storm In Iran

12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Nazila Fathi International Herald Tribune

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received praise from Iranian opposition politicians and withering criticism from its conservatives after he sent Barack Obama a letter last week congratulating him on winning the U.S. presidential race.

But in a sign that conservatives fear their attacks might inadvertently strengthen a possible opposition candidate in Iran's own presidential vote in June, their criticism has quickly shifted to early support for Ahmadinejad's re-election.

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