The Washington Times published an interview with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on parliamentary elections in Iran. “The international community has to recognize that this election has no legitimacy whatsoever. The only real long-term hope is democratic change in Iran led by the people and by the resistance to end the mullahs’ regime,” said Mrs. Rajavi in her telephone interview from Paris. The following is the full text of the interview: Source: The Washingtion Times, March 14, 2008 QUESTION: How do you see Iran’s parliamentary elections unfolding? ANSWER: [Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei very much needs to tighten his grip on power, and he very much needs a parliament subordinate to President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. That’s why this will be an engineered election, with a plan prepared in advance by Khamenei on who can run, who will be elected, and who will be speaker. Q: How is the regime doing that? A: Through the Ministry of the Interior, the Revolutionary Guard Corps and provincial officials, it has already been determined who can run and who can win. The regime is even using the ID cards of deceased people as one way to claim a falsely high turnout. Q: Are there divisions within the conservative ruling regime? A: The regime is constantly facing internal defections and dissension at all levels. For example, [former top nuclear negotiator] Ali Larijani, who has clashed with the president, was not allowed to run for a seat in Tehran and had to campaign for a seat in Qom. The outcome of the election will be a win for Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, but it will be a more fragile, extremist regime. Q: What should the United States and the West do? A: The international community has to recognize that this election has no legitimacy whatsoever. The only real long-term hope is democratic change in Iran led by the people and by the resistance to end the mullahs’ regime.