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Iran's Majlis: the face of the mullahs' corruption

Mullahs' parliament in Iran
Mullahs' parliament in Iran

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, June 14, 2019 - While the Iranian regime is surrounded by intensifying domestic and foreign crises, its decision-making bodies are finding themselves increasingly incapable of finding solutions to their problems. This unsolvable dilemma is perhaps best depicted in the current state of the Majlis (parliament), an establishment that has long been representative of the mullahs' endemic corruption and inefficiency.

A recent Majlis session best epitomized the regime's deadlock and the ongoing corruption of its officials.

"Social and economic inequalities, as well as widespread bureaucratic and political corruption, are weighing heavily on the people’s shoulders," Majlis member Ali Esmaili said during the session.

Majlis member Mohammad Javad Abtahi attacked the regime's president in his remarks.

"Mr. President, with all due respect, don't justify your inefficiency under the pretext of not having authority… Three months have passed since the beginning of the year of 'Production Prosperity.' Three months have passed since you stressed the need to change the structure of the national budget. What has the government done in this regard?"

The disputes between different regime factions and officials are happening as protests continue to spark across the country against the regime's incapacity to solve the various economic problems people are faced with.

Majlis member Kamalaldin Shahriari acknowledged that the Majlis itself has become a useless apparatus.

"Despite the expansion of the organization and the multiplication of employees and the creation of various departments and increase of budget… [The Majlis] has become an ineffective institution, a factory of laws and amendments that have no relation to the important problems of the society and country," he said.

Kouhkan, another member of the Majlis, revealed even more government-run corruption.

"The oil refinery company of Kermanshah, previously valued at 617 trillion rials, was forfeited with a 70-percent discount with the approval of [the Majlis]… two major aluminum companies… were forfeited at 360 trillion rials lower than expert valuations. We are saying that is a major part of the budget of government-run companies. We claim that the Majlis should act with power, that the Majlis should have oversight. How? We're forfeiting these companies… and then we gather to discuss the consequences on the society," he said.