Fears of Judiciary Putsch to Stop Moderates in Upcoming Election
Sadeq Larijani, a cleric and the chief of Iran’s Judiciary, has been gathering increasing influence in the country and has been lately allying himself with the ultra-right Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the powerful theoretician of absolute power of the clerics over political as well as religious life in the country. It is increasingly feared that Larijani, using his powers as Judiciary chief, could stop Rafsanjani or other moderate leaders from winning the June presidential election by arresting him on unrelated charges. He has already arrested two of Rafsanjani's children. Such move, if it happens, would be a putsch by the Judiciary. Ahmadinejad today was referencing such concerns by warning that the Larijani family could attempt to “take over the system.”
Ahmadinejad also strongly suggested that his rivals, including some close to the Supreme Leader, will try to rig the vote in June’s presidential election. He referred to the comments made by the supreme leader’s representative to IRGC, Ali Saeedi, on “engineering the election” as an IRGC’s “duty.”
“People have the right to pick the rulers. No one should (think) that people's vote is only a paper. We need this collective opinion.
“No one should think they can decide rather than the people. Some people have said they can engineer the election.
“I would say the great nation of the people of Iran know which path to take, and institutions and law must be abided by. Destroying others' reputation to prove yourself is not the right thing to do.
“No one can impose his opinions of the people. I am confident the people will make this choice. Everyone needs to respect the vote of the people.
“Some individuals should not act or speak in a way that plays into the treacherous hands of the enemies of the Iranian nation,” said Ahmadinejad (EA World View, 10 February)
Photo credit: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greets supporters during the rally in Tehran's Azadi Square. 10 February, 2013. (AFP/Atta Kenare)