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Sadly, it comes as no surprise to hear about anti-government bloggers being harassed or arrested in Iran. However, the arrest of bloggers that actively support Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a recent development, and one that highlights a growing rift in the country.According to Reporters Without Borders, conservative blogger Mohammad Hassan Nobakhti was recently released from 99 days arrest earlier this month, just as another blogger, Ahmad Shariat, was arrested. Global Voices reports that these arrests show a growing rift between bloggers who support Ahmadinejad and those who support Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and increasing government harassment of Ahmadinejad supporters.
Ahmadinejad is said to be looking increasingly isolated in his last year in office. He has recently had to defend himself and his allies against accusations about a $2.6 billion fraud scheme, and faced a humiliating defeat when Iran’s Supreme Court dismissed one of his inner circle. Support for him and his allies appears to be dying — in March Khamenei candidates won 75 per cent of the seats in the Iranian parliament.
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