Mohsen Rezaie, former IRGC commander, 2009 presidential candidate and publisher of the popular news site Baztab, said in an interview with Mosalas magazine that a politician outside the old hardliner and reformist political factions is needed to run in the June 2013 presidential election to “save the country.” Rezaie said that both hardliners and reformists are on the “verge of collapse.”
“If I become president, I will definitely try to bring all capable and committed forces into the government in order to put the country’s current situation behind us,” said Mirzaie. (Baztab, 13 January)
“Iran’s political factions, operating under the names of hardliners and reformists, have not been able to establish an stable and lasting (political) system in the past 20 years and are on the verge of collapse. They cannot help the people, it’s actually them that need the help,” Rezaie added.
“Iranian society is ripe for a social movement focusing on economic and cultural issues. The society is eagerly awaiting the return of ethics, honesty and loyalty, and families are in need of better life and normalcy.
“Today, lack of stability reigns in the markets… and the youths is suffering from unemployment and lack of livelihood. From ethical point of view, lack of ethics and honesty is prevalent everywhere.
“The upcoming (presidential) election, like the 2005 election, will be multi-factional and competitive. Otherwise people would think that the competition was a formality and staged. I believe that turning this election into a formality will undermine the religious-based democracy.”
File photo: Mohsen Rezaie (ISNA)