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Supreme Leader's Role in Ahmadinejad's Election Exposed

Source: Rooz Online

After a person close to the Islamic Republic's inner circle announced that ayatollah Khamenei is informed of all aspects of the regime's affairs, the head of the clerics caucus in the Majlis revealed that Friday prayer leaders supported Ahmadinejad in the presidential election.

Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, Isfahan's representative and the head of the clerics caucus in the eighth Majlis said, "In the days leading up to the tenth presidential election, Principlist figures, and even the supreme leader's representatives and Friday prayer leaders in various cities supported Ahmadinejad. People reelected him because of this support and his slogans, all of which were rooted in Principlism, so that he can carry out the dos and don'ts of Principlism and realize their expectations."

The important point in hojjatoleslam Rahbar's remarks is his official announcement that "the supreme leader's representatives and Friday prayer leaders" support Ahmadinejad and the fact that he credited this "support" for Ahmadinejad's reelection.

People opposing the election results had previously objected to a host of official and unofficial measures in support of Ahmadinejad and discredited the election's results on that basis. Official sources had until now denied such claims.

Meanwhile, a website affiliated with the Qom seminary school published the remarks of ayatollah Maravi, the Islamic republic supreme leader's advisor in seminary school affairs. In those remarks, Maravi said, "To say that that something happened but the supreme leader didn't know about it, or wasn't told about it, or wasn't aware of it, is an absolute lie, because [he] is fully involved in and informed about all of the issues and discussions."

Ayatollah Maravi adds, "[He] fully supervises all of the meetings and is informed about everything happening in his circle. He is the leader of this regime and this revolution, and one cannot expect him to view issues and make decisions from our narrow viewpoints. No, the leader's view is a broad view; it is not limited or biased."

In the run-up to the presidential election, Gholamhossein Elham, a representative in the Guardian Council, spoke in support of Ahmadinejad, despite explicit constitutional prohibition. Other members of the Guardian Council who are appointed by the supreme leader also spoke openly in support of Ahmadinejad. The three other presidential candidates also argued that the state radio and television apparatus, whose president is appointed by the supreme leader, openly supported Ahmadinejad.

Some of Mousavi's supporters claimed after the election that, because of the prevailing security-military analyses of the election, state institutions were bent on electing Ahmadinejad at any possible cost. Before the election, ayatollah Saeedi, the supreme leader's representative in the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that the regime's achievements will be undermined if Ahmadinejad is defeated in the election.

Now, with remarks uttered in public every day, the curtains hanging over last year's presidential election the results of which sparked mass protests are gradually being lifted.

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