Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, February 6, 2020—The Iranian regime in its entirety is currently engulfed in a crisis following the vast disqualification of a large number of candidates by the Guardian Council for the upcoming Majlis (parliamentary) elections farce scheduled for February 21.
Every other day Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani is complaining about his party’s nominees being disqualified, resulting in the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself delivering a speech on Wednesday, February 5, declaring his all-out support for the Guardian Council. This made it further clear that Khamenei himself ordered the massive disqualification and the entire “elections” is a farce that is better described as nothing but a selection.
“Those individuals in certain posts who can deliver speeches from their positions in the media and social media platforms, they should not make such remarks that the enemy can use to exaggerate and spread disappointment among the population,” Khamenei said in his remarks on Wednesday as a direct warning to Rouhani and other regime officials.
Khamenei literally described his regime’s farce elections as “the most honest elections in the world” and referred to individuals making biased remarks by saying, “When you lie and say the elections are engineered or that the elections are actually a selection, you are disappointing the people.”
Khamenei's remarks were in complaint to some officials who have recently revealed in their rivalries that the winners of many parliament seats have already been defined in advance. Others have disclosed on social media that the committee that vets elections candidates takes bribes to approve them.
“Those certain writers, social media influencers, Majlis members and important government officials should be careful. We shouldn’t be calling on the people to come out and vote and all the while make remarks in a certain way that people will become disappointed and in fact not turnout on election day,” Khamenei added.
The regime’s Supreme Leader acknowledged the fact that the November 2019 uprising had imposed a very significant impact on the mullahs’ regime, especially with protesters specifically chanting, “Down with Khamenei!”
“Some may not like me, but they should vote for the sake of the country’s prestige and security,” he said. These very words shed further light on the regime’s desperate nature of needing to show a popular face during the upcoming elections farce. And rest assured the regime will go out in full force to show a “massive” display of public support by gathering a few hundred voters at one or two polling stations for foreign media outlets while limiting foreign reporters to certain, pre-selected and prepared areas of northern Tehran.
Khamenei signaled his intention to rig and engineer the upcoming elections farce by using the term “finding the right new faces.”
“The presidential and Majlis elections are opportunities to bring new mentalities and solutions into the country’s decision-making cycles, especially if we can find the right individuals and elect them. This will be effective and new faces will enter the country’s decision-making cycles that can present new solutions for the country’s problems… Therefore, I believe elections are the most important issue for the country. If we have a strong public election, in my opinion, all the problems will be resolved little by little. This shows the importance of these elections,” Khamenei added.
Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), shed light on the regime’s crisis.
“The Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, grappling with the nightmare of his overthrow subsequent to the recent November and January uprisings, and reeling from irreparable blow he suffered with the elimination of Qassem Soleimani, is poised to institute a unipolar regime. Khamenei wants to consolidate his authority with the formation of a one-faction Parliament to forestall his regime’s inevitable overthrow,” she said in a recent statement.
Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the Iranian people have cast their true vote in the November 2019 and January 2020 uprisings with chants of “death to the principle of the velayat-e faqih, and death to Khamenei.” They will boycott the mullahs’ illegitimate election more than before. Boycotting this farce is a patriotic duty and the Iranian nation’s pledge to the martyrs of the Iranian people, especially the 1,500 martyrs of the November uprising. It also reflects the demands of the January 2020 uprising of the people and students for the overthrow of the illegitimate ruling theocracy in its entirety. The people and students chanted “death to Khamenei, death to the dictator, death to the principle of the velayat-e faqih, death to the oppressor, be it the shah or the leader,” demonstrating that they want a future devoid of shah and the mullahs, and one based on democracy and people’s sovereignty.