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Opponents want to disband IIPF, neutralize reforms in Iran

Tehran, Jan 19, IRNA -- Secretary General of Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) Mohammad Reza Khatami said here Sunday that opponents of reform want to disband the IIPF, which is broadly popular among the public.

He said that even if the IIPF is neutralized, the reform process will not dissipate, 'because the party is not in the center of the reform process'.

They think that such a move will intimidate other reformist from taking on the helm of reform which again is not correct, Khatami said.

He said that the organized and institutionalized, rather than mass-based movements has to be the mainstay of political activity in Iran, otherwise the system will face problems or deviate from its slogans of independence, freedom and republicanism based on Islamic principles.

Khatami said that there are people who see their own survival and their own interests in not letting other legitimate movements be formed in the country.

He said that the IIPF will not compromise on its views and ideas about national affairs.

Meanwhile, several political associations, in a joint statement quoted by the press Wednesday, lashed out at an arbitration panel's dissolution of Tehran City Council, describing the move as a 'stain' on President Mohammad Khatami's reform government.

The Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Ali Abtahi, on Tuesday announced that the Interior Ministry's Board of Arbitration had decided to disband the municipality council because of its 'failure to fulfill its administrative' duties.

"This undemocratic and uncivic move has left a stain on Khatami's administration," the statement, signed by pro-reform associations, including the Hambastegi and Islamic Labor parties, said.

The dissolution comes ahead of next month council elections for which over 210,000 candidates, including 1,500 from Tehran, have registered, where 107,000 seats are up for grabs.

Municipal elections, envisaged in the 1979 Islamic Constitution, were first held in 1999 following President Khatami's campaign to promote democracy and build a civil society in Iran.

But Tehran's City Council was dogged by hot-blooded quarrels with the mayor, boiling up to such an extent in which a member of the council accused Mayor Mohammad-Hassan Malek-Madani of being an 'opium smoker'.

Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari regretted the dissolution, saying existing disputes in the Tehran City Council had led to the decision.

"The truth is that the cancellation of the council's sessions due to existing differences had caused many problems for the people and was further increasing the city's worries," he said.

Leader instructs intelligence officials to neutralize enemy plots

Tehran, Jan 19, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Sunday instructed the state's intelligence apparatus to neutralize enemy plots in all political, economic, social and cultural domains.

Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with Information Minister Hojatoleslam Ali Younesi and a group of his ministry's staff revealed 'deep rooted and strong' hostility of the enemies of the Islamic Revolution against the Information Ministry and called on different echelons of the ministry's staff to be fully alert, get in close communion with God Almighty and avoid any diversion and corruption to block the enemy's goals.

The Leader said Ministry of Information should be active in all the fields the enemy has placed its objectives on although such activities as those in the areas of culture or economy apparently have nothing to do with the mission of the ministry.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Ministry of Intelligence should identify and ward off the complicated methods of the enemy in the political, economic, social and cultural arenas.

The Supreme Leader said the camp of arrogance has realized pretty well that it cannot deal a deadly blow on the Islamic establishment unless through propagation of its wrong and misleading attitudes.

"Unfortunately, certain frightened, diverted and western-oriented factions and elements are following the same line; Ministry of Intelligence should confront the goal of the enemy too vigilantly, accurately, and properly," said the Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned Ministry of Information not to be affected by political factions and parties.

The Leader said all activities of the Ministry of Information should be based on the religious and legal regulations and strongly defend aspirations and causes of the Islamic Revolution.

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