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Rafsanjani says recent Iran's political row is a divine test

Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Monday that recent political row behitting the country was a divine test, calling on people and officials to be watchful of the events and strive for formation of a "good" parliament, IRNA reported.

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Rafsanjani, who was implicitly referring to mass resignation of 116 MPs on Sunday in protest to the Guardian Council's move in disqualification of certain would-be candidates, said that the Islamic Revolution will continue its way irrespective of certain rogue elements and the internal and external enemies.

Delivering his Eid-ul-Adha prayers sermons to multitudes of worshipers early Monday morning, Rafsanjani assured the audience that God Almighty will assist the Islamic establishment wherever needed.

Rafsanjani said God Almighty will support the revolution supported by the public.

Over 2,000 prospective candidates from among more than 8,000 of those who registered for the elections were declared as disqualified by the Guardians Council (GC).

Among those barred are more than 80 sitting MPs, who held a sit-in for more than two weeks in protest to the disqualifications.

In protest to the GC move one hundred and sixteen Iranian parliament members extended their resignations on Sunday. They announced their resignations in a joint letter, read by Tehran MP Mohsen Mir-Damadi and the MP from central Isfahan Rajab-Ali Mazrouie.

Elsewhere in his sermons, head of the top arbitration body, Expediency Council, called on Iranians to showcase their loyalty to lofty aspirations of the Islamic Revolution by their high turn out in the February 11th rallies, marking climax of the 'Ten-Day Dawn' (February1-11) celebrations, held annually to commemorate the triumph anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Rafsanjani said public presence on revolutionary scenes signals vigilance and prudence of the great Iranian nation The cleric held the US and Britain, who have "unjustifiably" entered Iraq, responsible for recent events in Iraq.

He said the countries entered Iraqi territory to dominate the country's oil resources and strengthen their geo-political status, supposing that they would be able to set up bases in there and support Israel.

He said the US is not in ease for fearing few guerrillas, and that is something they have themselves created.

Calling as a "political fiasco" recent events in Britain regarding Iraq dossier, Rafsanjani said that is the clear sign of insincerity of British officials.

British government is now victim of the tricks it used to play on others, he added.

He lauded Hajj as the huge congregation of Muslims, calling on Muslims worldwide to benefit to their best from the occasion.

He said that had Muslims used the great congregation properly, Israel would not have dared to attack Palestinians today and no insistence would have been made on banning observation of Islamic headscarf in France.

Concluding his sermons, Rafsanjani congratulated the audience on the auspicious Eid-ul-Adha feast or the feast of sacrifice, which commemorates the divine test of the patriarch Abraham, the sacrifice of whose first-born son, Ishmael, was replaced with a ram.

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