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Iranian MP: We will end sit-in if law is respected

Deputy Parliament Speaker and the Spokesman of the sit-in striker MPs Mohammad-Reza Khatami said on Monday, "Our main goal is having a free and fair parliamentary election and if the respective laws are fully observed we will end our sit-in," IRNA reported from Tehran.

photo: ISNA

Khatami who was speaking for the MPs observing the sit-in, added, "Our sit-in is a national, self-propelled move, regardless of being desirable for some, and undesirable for some others."

The president's brother said, "Outside the country, the royalists call this move a game played by the insiders of the system, while inside the country, the totalitarians attribute our move to the outsiders, and thus we can easily conclude that ours is a righteous move."

photo: ISNA

The deputy parliament speaker said, "There are people who try to introduce this move as an illegal, factional act, and a move in the course of the political games in which they themselves are the main actors."

He added, "The combination of the striker MPs present at the sit-in proves that the move is not affiliated to any certain party, or political tendency, and further proof for our independence is that the heads of the parliament's various fractions have attended our gathering and voiced support."

photo: ISNA

Khatami reiterated, "Many of our political opponents try to attribute this move to outsiders since the news of our sit-in is mainly reflected it foreign mass media, but that weapon, too, will not be effective, since our friends' records are clear for all."

Khatami said, "The factor that has mobilized the foreigners against our country and our national interests is the numerous cases breaking the laws by some authorities, not those who voice objections through legally approved methods."

He said, "Those who brand this sit-in an illegal move seem to be ignorant of the articles of the Constitution and the Political Parties' Law, but that, too, is highly unlikely, because they know that the laws are broadly violated in vast disqualifying of the hopefuls, and that is why they want to misguide the public opinion."

Khatami assured them, "If the current illegal trend would not be corrected, neither anyone would attend the elections, nor any one would organize one."

photo: ISNA

He asked the country's governors, governor generals, and election organizer teams to stand firm in insisting on their righteous stands and to defend the people's right in having a free election.

Referring to the total news black out of the MPs' sit-in in the national media of the country and the pressure exerted on independent dailies to refrain from focussing on the issue, he said, "We have to make the best of the rare and few chances we have to communicate with the nation to express ourselves precisely."

Khatami added, "During the past days we were witness to a move that argued sine the leader has ordered that the issue must be tackled properly, what is the cause of the continuation of the strike?"

He said, "We too have evaluated the leader's move as a positive step, but are waiting to see its practical effects."

The strikers' spokesman said, "Five days has passed since the issuance of that order and nothing has changed yet, while the spokesman of the Guardians Council bluntly states, 'We will keep on moving in the same direction."

He asked, "Is that not direct confrontation with the leader's will?"

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