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08/14/09

Mesbah-Yazdi: Ahmadinejad's Word Like God's

Text Source: RFE

A senior Iranian cleric seen as Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor said obeying the head of government was like obeying God, the moderate "Etemad-e Melli" newspaper said.ahmadinejad

Firebrand cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi believes the authority of Khamenei comes from God, not from the people.

Khamenei presides over a complex political and clerical system known as vali-ye faqih, or religious jurisprudence, with the president in charge of the day-to-day governing of the country.

"When a president is endorsed by the vali-ye faqih, obeying the president is like obeying God," the daily quoted Mesbah-Yazdi as saying.

Mesbah-Yazdi's followers have great sway among Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and the Basij volunteer paramilitary force.

The Guard's political chief Yadollah Javani has called for defeated candidates Karubi and Mir Hossein Musavi as well as moderate former President Mohammad Khatami to be put on trial for inciting election unrest.

At least 200 people still remain in jail, including senior moderate politicians, activists, lawyers and journalists.

Khamenei swiftly endorsed Ahmadinejad's reelection after the June 12 presidential vote.

The losing candidates say the poll was rigged, a charge denied by Iran's authorities, including Khamenei, who has accused Western powers of fomenting the vote unrest.

Moderates say 69 protesters were killed in the demonstrations, contradicting the official report of 26 deaths.


Copyright (c) 2009 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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