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Iranian Speaker Receives Support From Qom Religious Figures

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani has received support from religious figures in the holy city of Qom, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

The statements this weekend in favor of Larijani came in response to earlier verbal attacks against him. Larijani, a parliament deputy from Qom, had faced calls for his resignation as speaker 10 days ago from other conservative factions.

Ali Larijani

Paris-based Iranian political analyst Mohammad Jawad Akbarian told Radio Farda on July 11 that the attacks on Larijani and the response "show a clear divide among governing officials from the public perspective."

Larijani is a conservative politician who is close to the influential ayatollahs in the seminary city of Qom, although this support has not made him immune from attacks by other conservatives.

Akbarian explained that Iran's "fundamentalists, even Mr. Larijani and quite a few members of the Consultative Assembly who criticize the government, would not want to disrupt" the perception of public unity in Iran.

That's why criticism of fellow conservatives is often very carefully couched, he said.

"Unity in this system [has been essential] for the survival of the Islamic republic's government and its leadership," Akbarian said. Iran's ruling officials "see the government moving in a direction threatening the endurance of this system as well as the leadership. Hence, they are forced to criticize and ultimately such action could destroy unity among them."

Larijani served as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 2005 to 2007, serving as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.

From 1994 to 2004, he was also the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the country's radio and television broadcaster.

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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Rule of law prerequisite for justice: Larijani

TEHRAN, July 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has stated that justice cannot be administered without the rule of law.

"Articles 62 to 99 of the Constitution deal exclusively with the legislative branch, and at least 29 other articles are somehow related to the legislative branch," Larijani said in Lamard, Fars Province on Monday.

Under no circumstances is anyone allowed to dissolve the Iranian parliament, and this is the powerful position that the Constitution has given the legislative branch of government, he stated.

Each and every one of the MPs is responsible before the nation and has the right to express his or her views on all domestic and foreign issues facing the country, the parliament speaker noted.

According to Article 86 of the Constitution, all MPs are free to express their viewpoints and nobody has the right to misquote those views, he added.

He went on to say that the Constitution has attached so much significance to the legislative branch because the people who drafted it believed the country should be governed according to the rule of law.

"The leaders of the Islamic Revolution who wrote the Constitution and put it to a vote (referendum) made a thorough review of history, and that is why the late Imam Khomeini stated that the Majlis is at the apex of all affairs. This means that the voice of the Majlis and the people is taken into consideration," Larijani added.

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