The ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the expiry of his second term would start working again as a professor of engineering and teach at the “University of Tehran”. A situation where the highest state official and a man who wielded enormous power subsequently returns to his  humble position as a university professor job is hard to imagine.

Now the former Iranian president takes the bus to work every day as any other citizen.


BAD HEAD  New York police officers look at men dressed as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a protest against the two leaders outside the Warwick Hotel in New York City on Sept. 25. Ahmadinejad is staying at the hotel; he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.  (Photo: Andrew Kelly / Reuters via NBC News)

Meet Ahmadinejad’s Chosen Successor

Ahead of Iran’s presidential election in June, President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei are squabbling over the succession. Ahmadinejad wants Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, his chief of staff, to run but Khamenei disapproves. Regardless of who wins, the real loser will be Iranian democracy.

It is unimaginable that there is someone who is able to kill and bombard his own people… How can a ruler bombard his own people and say, ‘I will kill anyone who opposes me’? This is absolutely unacceptable. I think the whole world was appalled at what happened in Libya. It was very bad behavior, and I hope they will make up for that and meet their peoples’ demands.

Iranian president MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, through a translator, reacting to Gaddafi’s slaughter of anti-government protesters in Libya.

To which The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart quipped, “I think Iran has finally mastered the technology to weaponize irony.”