Mahdavi-Kani Concerned over Upcoming Parliamentary Elections
Chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani said today politicians should avoid creating tension ahead of the country's Majlis elections next March.
Mahdavi-Kani became the second senior Iranian official in as many days to raise concern over the upcoming parliamentary elections. Yesterday, the Minister of Intelligence Hojantoleslam Moslehi warned the nation of the formation of an alliance between what he termed “seditionists” (supporters of the Green Movement) and “deviationists” (circles close to President Ahmadinejad) to oppose the established order and the supreme leader and his policies.
"We should never abandon our friendship and mutual respect over group or individual aspirations," Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani said. “We still can achieve some kind of unity in our shared aims, and the next elections should be the start for that," he added [Press TV, 7 September].
Mahdavi-Kani emphasized the critical importance of different political groups and factions not to let the elections turn into a “challenge to national security.”
"Every time there has been a political dispute in Iran, foreign powers have put more pressure on the country. They always take advantage of our internal disputes, but the moment they find out we are still united, they leave the scene," he explained.
More than 4000 candidates will be running for 290 seats in Majlis. But the eligibility of the candidates and their unwavering belief in upholding the established order must be proven before the Guardian Council, itself a key institution of the current establishment, can approve their candidacy.