June 16th, 2012
Berlin / Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thinks about his career end. According to a media report, the controversial politician wants to retire from politics in early 2013. He'd like to leave a loophole open.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to withdraw completely by the end of his second term next spring out of politics. "Eight years is enough," Ahmadinejad said in an interview published on Saturday in advance of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". "I plan to return to the science," said Ahmadinejad, who had taught before being elected mayor of Tehran in February 2003 at the University of Tehran.
The Iranian president is a hydraulic engineer and in 1997 received his doctorate with a thesis on transportation. "Maybe I'm going to engage in politics at university, but I will not start a political party or group," said the 55-year-old.
According to the Iranian constitution after two terms he may not run again for president. A subsequent return to the presidency following the example of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ahmadinejad closed off.
The ultra-conservative politician in 2005 was the first time an Iranian president has become. His re-election in June 2009 was highly controversial and accompanied by violent protests. In foreign policy, his tenure was marked by his polemic against Israel and the dispute with the West over Iran's nuclear program. In recent years, Ahmadinejad has also lost in the increasingly conservative support. His relationship with Parliament, but also the spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is cocked.