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Iran Presidential Elections Heating As People Denounce Entire Façade


Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei concerned of popular uprising during presidential election
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei concerned of popular uprising during presidential election
Forbs, MAY 12, 2017 - As we wind down to the final stretch of Iran’s presidential “election” campaign, with polls scheduled for May 19th and a possible run-off for May 26th, tensions are rising as senior Iranian regime officials are taking gloves off and resorting to unprecedented remarks.
“We are here to tell pro-violence extremists that your era has come to an end,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said recently. “You [hardliners] cannot stand against our youth’s choice of freedom and progress… This month, the nation will once again reject those whose main decisions have only been executions and imprisonments over the past 38 years,” Rouhani added in an event in Hamedan, a city in western Iran.
The so-called “moderate” Rouhani is using these remarks to meet the challenge raised by the “hardline” candidates. Such distinctions in Iranian politics are highly flawed, covering a topic outside the range of this piece.
Interesting irony lies in the fact that Rouhani is making such arguments, appealing at a first glance, while over 3,000 executions have been carried out during his tenure of the past four years alone. Rouhani is also known to have been the first Iranian official to call for public executions at Friday prayers to further the influence of the regime’s domestic repression apparatus.
“Conspirators should be hanged in Friday prayers for people to see them and to have more of an impact,” he said on July 14th, 1980.
More recently, on April 18th Rouhani also boasted how under his tenure the “defense budget increased 145% from the days of 2013 and … the amount of strategic equipment and other necessities provided to the armed forces in the past 3 years equaled that of the past 10 years.”
Rouhani’s strong rhetoric were interpreted as an unusually strong indication of Ebrahim Raisi, a cleric of the faction loyal to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Raisi is known for his three-decade long role in Iran’s so-called judiciary and signing off the executions of thousands of dissidents in the 1980s, especially the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners involving mostly members and supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).