Chief of the elite corps, Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran, Mohammad Ali Jafari was cited in Jam-e Jam newspaper denying the charge of willfully interfering in the country's political affairs.
The Guards that are the most significant section
of the Iranian armed forces have the responsibility of guarding the Islamic
Republic regime. Following the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq, the Guards
gradually spread their influence in the economic sector overtaking various
financial corporations commanding strong economic power.
Basij militia is a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guards that reportedly was responsible for the suppression of the election protesters.
Commander Jafari denied comparisons drawn between the Guards and "military mafias" in other countries. He claimed the Guards do not follow "monopolistic and profit-seeking ventures."
In the recent events, according to Mr. Jafari, the Guards offset a "conspiracy" to omit the "republic" aspect of the system.
Following the June presidential elections, widespread protests broke out over allegations of fraud in the elections. Nationwide protests were attacked by Basij and Revolutionary Guards causing numerous deaths and injuries.
MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two disputing candidates challenged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory and denied the legitimacy of his government.
The Revolutionary Guards has been accused of interfering in political affairs which is unlawful according to the Iranian constitution. Commander Jafari denies this charge and emphasizes that the Guards have valiantly defused a conspiracy to dismantle the regime.
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