Photo of Iranian ex-president Ahmadinejad shared with false claim ‘working as a shepherd’


The former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains a member of the powerful Expediency Discernment Council as of June 13, 2024, contrary to reports that falsely portrayed him as living a quiet life as a shepherd after leaving office. The messages misrepresented a photo that previously appeared in a newspaper report of Ahmadinejad walking on his 60th birthday.

“A beloved legendary man! The former two-term president of Iran is currently volunteering as a shepherd,” a Bengali read. Facebook post who shared the photo on May 24, 2024.

“He served two terms as president of one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world. He currently volunteers as a shepherd. He has even donated the pension money he received as a former president.”

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Screenshot of a Facebook post sharing the false claim taken on June 12, 2024

The Facebook post was shared more than 800 times and prompted a flood of comments praising Ahmadinejad for his alleged lifestyle change.

The photo circulated in similar Facebook posts here And here according to the dead of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19, 2024.

Former hardline President Ahmadinejad, who served from 2005 to 2013, was excluded from the presidential race to replace him.

Birthday walk

A reverse image search on Google found a wider crop of the photo in a 2016 article that said Ahmadinejad was walking on his 60th birthday.

According to the report According to Iranian newspaper Qudsonline, on October 28, 2016, the former leader visited Kandlos village in Iran’s Mazandaran province and toured the heights with Dr. Abdolreza Sheikhul-Islami, one of his former ministers (archived link).


Also a journalist with the Persian-language news channel Iran International Pooja Jahandar Posted the photo on social media site X on October 29, 2016 (archived link).

He also said Ahmadinejad was walking in Kandlos.

Although Ahmadinejad is known for his modest lifestyle, he did not withdraw from public life after leaving office.

He is mention as a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, a powerful body appointed by the country’s Supreme Leader with oversight powers over all branches of government (archived link).

Ahmadinejad is also one professor at the School of Civil Engineering of the Iranian University of Science and Technology.

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