38 Facts About Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was strongly criticized after claiming that the Jews invented the Holocaust and making other statements influenced by "classic anti-Semitic ideas", which has led to accusations of antisemitism.

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2. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used to lay an extra place for the 12th Imam at his weekly cabinet briefings.

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3. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to have refused the VIP seat on the Presidential plane, and that he eventually replaced it with a cargo plane instead.

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4. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had the antique Persian carpets in the Presidential palace sent to a carpet museum, and opted instead to use inexpensive carpets.

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5. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is married, and has one daughter and two sons.

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6. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is known for his vulgarism, undiplomatic language and usage of slang terms.

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7. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a founding member of the Society of Devotees of the Islamic Revolution, but left in 2011.

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8. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disqualified by the Guardian Council on 20 April 2017, making him the second person after Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to be barred from running the office for a third term.

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9. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began provincial travels in April 2016 by traveling to Amol.

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10. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to have "forged a close public friendship" with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

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11. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made similar comments at the 66th session in September 2011.

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12. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Mahmoud Abbas had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinians.

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13. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was strongly criticized after claiming that the Jews invented the Holocaust and making other statements influenced by "classic anti-Semitic ideas", which has led to accusations of antisemitism.

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14. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the record as stating that Iran had no plans to attack Israel.

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15. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an outspoken critic of the Western world and is often criticized for his hostility towards the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom and other Western nations.

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16. Early in his presidency, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sometimes described as "enjoy[ing] the full backing" of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and even as being his "protege.

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17. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to attend the parliament on the impeachment day.

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18. In November 2008, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he was against impeachment of Kordan by Iranian parliament.

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19. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for legal action against the parliament speaker.

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20. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote a letter to the parliamentary speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, furiously denouncing him for the "inexplicable act" of bypassing the presidency by giving the order to implement legislation in an official newspaper.

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21. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad added that Iran would not retreat "one iota" on its right to a sovereign nuclear program.

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22. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed the importance of the right to peaceful nuclear development.

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23. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told MPs that Iran could cope with 50 million more people than the current 70 million.

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24. In October 2006, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began calling for the scrapping of Iran's existing birth-control policies which discouraged Iranian couples from having more than two children.

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25. In May 2011, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he would temporarily run the Oil Ministry.

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26. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a directive that the Management and Planning Organization be affiliated to the government.

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27. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for "middle-of-the-road" compromises with respect to Western-oriented capitalism and socialism.

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28. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, a senior cleric from Qom, as his ideological and spiritual mentor.

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29. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting the United Nations was "one-sided, stacked against the world of Islam.

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30. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the only presidential candidate who spoke out against future relations with the United States.

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31. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he planned to create an "exemplary government for the people of the world" in Iran.

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32. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emphasized his own modest life, and compared himself with Mohammad Ali Rajai, Iran's second president.

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33. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad eventually became an advisor to the governor general of Kurdistan Province for two years.

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34. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was accepted to a Master of Science program at his alma mater in 1986.

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35. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born on 28 October 1956 near Garmsar, in the village of Aradan, in Semnan province.

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36. On 12 April 2017, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he intended to run for a third term in the 2017 Iranian presidential election, against the objections of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

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37. On 14 March 2012, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to be summoned by the Islamic Consultative Assembly to answer questions regarding his presidency.

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38. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country.

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