By Nader Uskowi
A leading conservative member of Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) from Isfahan, Hamid Reza Fouladgar, has defined the government in the Islamic Republic:
“The legitimacy of all institutions of the regime comes from the Supreme Leader. This means the laws passed by Majlis need to be approved by the Guardian Council and the president, regardless of how many votes he has received in the election, does not have any legitimacy until the Supreme Leader says so, and the Judiciary is appointed by the Supreme Leader. The country under the leadership of the Supreme Leader can be managed in best possible way” [Tabnak, 19 May].
Mr. Fouladgar, the governmental system you are describing is called fascist. Our hope is that the rest of government leaders do not agree with your assessment.