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Iran: Rafsanjani says GC should provide for broad presence at polls

Tehran, Feb 15, IRNA - Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Friday advised Parliament's Guardians Council to pave the path for broad presence of Islamic Revolution's supporters at 8th Parliament's elections.

According to IRNA Political Desk reporter, the Expediency Council Chairman continued his second Friday Prayer sermon, appreciating the Guardians Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Constitution for their recent move approving of the right of a small percentage of reformist parliament membership candidate to run, as "a positive move" arguing, "The atmosphere is now relatively more calm." The provisional Friday Prayer leader of Tehran reiterated, "But I think the Guardians Council with its broad potentials and authorities, needs to discuss the matter more painstakingly, and to pave the path for a very broad presence of the entire supporters of the Revolution at the Parliamentary Election polls."

Hashemi Rafsanjani said, "We are not talking about the opponents of the Revolution, the opposition forces, and the anti-revolutionary figures. We are concerned about the supporters of the Revolution with different political tastes."

The Head of the Leadership Experts Assembly added, "Make your moves in a way to assure the presence of the entire friends of the Revolution at the polls, to resemble the recent rally on the 29th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and to mark another pride in the history of Iran, God willing."


Elsewhere in his sermon, Hashemi Rafsanjani reiterated, "Unfortunately we witnessed the occurrence of a move out of ignorance, in which some people insulted a member of the late Imam Khomeini's revered family."

The Expediency Council Chairman said, "That was not an appropriate move. I do not understand the reason why they did so. I do not even know whether they truly realize what they are doing, or not." Rafsanjani said, "What Seyyed Hassan Khomeini had said was in fact reviving the late Imam's words and emphasizing that the military personnel should not interfere in the course of elections. Well, what is wrong with stating such a righteous remark?! Why did it enrage some people so much? I ensure everyone that the reactions to that remark were ugly moves."

Head of the Expediency Council said, "I guess, and I have some clues to assume, that there is a creeping move going on currently, that cannot be so natural and sound."

He added, "There must be some foreign hands behind that move, which is trying to insult the sanctities and to crash the corner stones of this Revolution. They are well aware of the fact that if they would weaken those corner stones, it would lead to weakening the Revolution."

The interim Friday Prayer leader of Tehran reiterated, "They know that the shallow rooted, or rootless personalities and trends cannot tolerate heavy storms of events and have therefore figured out it would be better to eliminate the trenches and to collapse the columns."

He added, "Those who do such things might assume they are paving their own path and building highways of success, out of their ignorance, but they are truly mistaken, if they think so." The Head of the Expediency Council said, "I pray to God that they are not doing so knowingly, and I am not sure whether these moves are intentional or not. I am not accusing any individual right now of making such moves intentionally, but I realize that there is a sick trend that intends to create a gap between the clerics and the people."

Hashemi Rafsanjani added, "This trend also intends to create a deep gap between the late Imam, who is this Revolution's every thing, and the people. They intend to create gaps among the forces that can assist the system's top officials at sensitive times. Such a threat is real, and we need to remain extra conscious so that they would not make such mistakes again."

He added, "If there are intrigues from abroad, let us identify where they originate from, and let us not permit those in whom the people trust, particularly the late Imam Khomeini (P), his last will, and his revered family members to be harmed in the course of such unfortunate events."

The Head of the Leadership Experts Assembly elsewhere in his sermon appreciated the broad presence of Iranians from all walks of life at the rallies marking the 29th anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, which he said, "was a thorn in the eyes of this Revolution's enemies, who had assumed this year's nationwide rallies would be with few and scattered supporters."

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