Hug Between President Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez’s Mom Causes Outcry

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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugged Hugo Chavez’s mom during the Venezuelan president's funeral, a gesture which incited rage in Iran. The embrace was captured in a photograph and caused outrage because physical contact between unrelated men and women is banned in Iran. Religious conservatives in the country now believe that their top representative has publicly violated the ban on interactions.

After the photo was published, Hojat al-Islam Hossein Ibrahimi of the Society of Militant Clergy of Tehran, asked that future presidential candidates be looked at much more carefully before being considered for the position and that authorities confirm that potential presidents are familiar with the laws of Shiite Islam, reports The Inquisitr. He added: “We know that no unrelated woman can be touched unless she is drowning at sea or needs medical treatment.”

Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, the Friday prayer leader of Isfahan, stated that the Iranian president had “lost control.” Ahmadinejad has already been criticized for the tribute he gave Chavez after his death. The Iranian president wrote that Chavez would return along with Jesus on the day of the resurrection. Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami was very critical.

“I say directly that he went too far with what he mentioned in his tribute. The president is well aware that such a tribute will provoke reactions in our religious institutes He could have sent a diplomatic message with no religious connotations,” Khatami said.

Chavez died from cancer last week.

Source: (The Inquisitr)