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Iranian MPs urge armed forces not to enter political bickering

Members of the Assembly of Student Movement of Majlis in a letter to the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major-General Rahim Safavi on Friday called for preventing armed forces from entering into political issues, the press reported here on Saturday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The English-language newspaper `Iran Daily' wrote that the letter which had been signed by Fatemeh Haqiqatjou, Ali Tajernia, Reza Yousefian and Ali-Akbar Mousavi Khoeini also described a recent statement issued by reportedly 306 members of university groups as "taking side with a certain political current".

Referring to the late Imam's emphasis on non-interference of the armed forces in political issues, the signatories said, "Unfortunately, the Imam's stipulations have been frequently twisted and changed by parts of the armed forces to justify factional stances."

The MPs said that they were referring to university Basij, which they called an appointed organization that has nothing to do with the student movement.

"The recent statement, which has been masterminded by university Basij and signed by more than 250 university Basij centers is nothing but explicit partiality in favor of a certain political current or, at least, an effort to cast doubt on reformist currents," the letter said.

The MPs called on Safavi not to let personal and factional interests become a basis for presenting unrealistic pictures of what is going on in the country and a permit for unbridled partiality for political groupings.

"We believe that the majority of those who are concerned about the system and even most of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are dissatisfied with reduction of their status to that of proponents of a certain political current," they concluded.

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