By Jon Leyne
With the row over Iran’s disputed election still bitterly dividing the country, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now in a new dispute with fellow conservatives.
It is an argument every bit as heated as the election row, and potentially even more damaging to the president.
Just over a month after the election, Mr Ahmadinejad provoked fury amongst his fellow conservatives by promoting one of his vice-presidents, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, to the post of first vice-president.
The job would make him the president’s second in command, the man who would take over if Mr Ahmadinejad was run over by a Tehran bus.
As Mr Ahmadinejad must have known it would, the appointment infuriated conservatives.