14/06/2013 03:17 BST | Updated 14/06/2013 04:35 BST

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: His Most Outrageous Quotes On 9/11, Israel And The Holocaust

Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad waves as he enters to the National Assembly before Nicolas Maduro Presidential inauguration in Caracas on April 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

He's called UN sanctions against Iran "annoying flies, like a used tissue" and George Bush "a wicked man" but the Middle East's most colourful President is bowing out of politics.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has never been afraid to say the most outrageous things, on the world's biggest stages, accused the US of orchestrating 9/11 during a speech at the UN, and telling students at Colombia University that Iran doesn't have gay people.

As he bows out of the limelight, after a brutal seven years in power, we take a look at Ahmadinejad's 10 Choicest Quotes.

Ahmadinejad's Most Outrageous Quotes