In recent weeks, Rafsanjani has been very vocally criticizing the government and the powerful revolutionary guards for their handling the post-election events and for intolerance for the opposing views. This has resulted in sharp attacks against him and his family, most recently by the Intelligence Minister.
The directive also notes
that Rafsanjani's job title is the head of Iran's Expediency Council and says
the move is aimed at unifying the reporting of Rafsanjani's titles by the new
agency. (Rafsanjani also heads the Assembly of Experts, which is in charge of
selecting and dismissing Iran's supreme leader.)
But some analysts believe the IRNA directive is part of a government campaign against Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani has backed the opposition, criticized the crackdown against opposition members, and said publicly that the Islamic republic is facing a crisis.
At least one of Rafsanjani's children -- his daughter, Faezeh Hashemi -- has participated in several opposition rallies, including a protest last week on the occasion of National Student Day.
On December 9, Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi issued a warning, suggesting that Rafsanjani is among those standing against the Islamic establishment. Moslehi also said the government is preparing a lawsuit against Rafsanjani's son, Mehdi Hashemi, on corruption charges.
Mehdi Hashemi is currently out of the country.
Basij and Revolutionary Guards should not have stood against people
Rafsanjani: Iran's political disputes are grave!
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