By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran –may have gained greater short-term power with the resignation of Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, but the departure appears to have further damaged the president’s standing among many conservatives in the Islamic republic.
Ali Larijani’s surprise resignation over the weekend has been widely interpreted as a victory for Ahmadinejad because it could leadto take an even tougher stance in ongoing nuclear talks with the West. Though a conservative, Larijani was considered more moderate than Ahmadinejad within Iran’s hardline camp, and the two men had previously clashed on how to approach the talks.
But Larijani’s removal could further undermine Ahmadinejad in Iran.