Ahmadine­jad under Fire for Hug­ging Chavez’s Mother

Iran’s reli­gious con­ser­v­a­tives have reacted furi­ously to Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad hug­ging the dis­traught mother of late Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez at his funeral last Friday.

Pho­tos emerged of Ahmadine­jad giv­ing the elderly Elena Frias de Chavez a hug at last Friday’s funeral in Cara­cas, a ges­ture deemed “un-​Islamic” by reli­gious conservatives.


They said that hug­ging and express­ing emo­tions were “improper for the dig­nity of the pres­i­dent of a coun­try like the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran.”

Moham­mad Taghi-​Rahbar, the Fri­day prayer leader of Iran’s sec­ond city, Isfa­han, told Mehr news agency that Mr Ahmadine­jad had “lost control”.

He added: “Shak­ing hands with a non-​mahram (unre­lated by fam­ily) woman, under any cir­cum­stances, whether young or old, is not allowed.”

Ahmadine­jad also man­aged to anger the con­ser­v­a­tives when he announced a day of national mourn­ing fol­low­ing the death of Chavez.

Source: France 24

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