Source: Mehr News Agency
Deputy Majlis Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar has said those reformists who have the intention to contest the March parliamentary elections should first clarify their connection with the "leaders of sedition" and define reformism.
Mohammad Reza Bahonar
Bahonar, who is also the secretary general of the Islamic Society of Engineers, made the remarks on Friday during a gathering of political activists in Qom.
He also dismissed as unrealistic and simplistic the claims that the era of reformists has come to an end and they will not run in the elections.
"It is not a realistic view because reformism is not an ideology that dies out," he said.
He also predicted that the ostracized reformists will boycott elections and reformists in the grey area will run for the elections under various banners.
On the activities of the current of deviation, Bahonar said that deviationists had planned to gain control of the next parliament through using their large financial resources and exerting influence over the government to remove and install certain figures.
However, their plots have so far been revealed and foiled, he said.
He also said that Presidential Office Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii has still the clout to remove cabinet members.
He added Rahim-Mashaii has recently kept a low profile, but if any government official clashes with him, that official will be forced to quit the government, the veteran lawmaker noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Bahonar said that reformists are pleased with the emergence of the current of deviation, adding deviationists also think they can team up with reformists to launch a movement with the aim of gaining most of parliament's seats.
On efforts underway to foster unity among principlists for the parliamentary elections, he said all principlists should work together and support the newly established United Front of Principlists so that they can retain control of the Majlis.
The parliamentary elections will be a hard fought contest, so the principlists should not think simplistically that reformists will not run in the elections or that deviationist groups have been eliminated, the senior lawmaker opined.
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