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Moderate Iranian cleric Rafsanjani urges action against system's "deviations"

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of Iran's Assembly of Experts, urged those faithful to the Islamic Revolution and Ayatollah Khomeini not to let "the Revolution to fall in the hands of strangers."

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani

ILNA reported today that Hashemi Rafsanjani has published his views on Ayatollah Khomeini for the anniversary of his passing and called on the public not to let the Islamic Revolution to be derailed from its "original and true" path.

The head of the Expediency Council writes that once deviations in the Islamic Republic occur "it will be very difficult or impossible to overcome them."

Iranian reformists and a number of clerics close to Ayatollah Khomeini have refused to accept the results of the 2009 presidential elections and claim the Islamic Republic has been derailed. Ayatollah Rafsanjani has aligned himself with the reformists and become the target of fierce attacks by Islamic Republic hardliners.

The disputing candidates of the elections have announced that they will continue fighting the outcome of the elections through legal channels because of the alleged electoral fraud.

On the opposite camp, Ayatollah Khamenei and supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claim that the reformists are in fact the deviators from the teachings of the founder of the Islamic Republic. They also accuse them of sedition for failing to obey the orders of the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.

The controversy has led to widespread government crackdown on protesters in the past year which has resulted in at least 40 deaths and tens of injuries.

The violent confrontation of Islamic Republic authorities with the election protests has been repeatedly condemned by human rights organizations all across the world.

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