Ahmad Karimi Isfahani, a member of the Front for the Disciples of the Imam and Leadership, and an influential figure amongst the bazaar guilds, has told Nameh News that Principalists should “admit” that supporting President Ahmadinejad was a “mistake.”
Karimi Isfahani made numerous noteworthy points that might be thought representative of a considerable swathe of opinion amongst Principalist politicians:
“When Ahmadinejad says he is not a Principalist it is correct, and also truthfully Principalists have thought correctly and his actions of the last 7 years show that he cannot be a reforming candidate for the presidency.”
“In 2005 after the election was brought to a second round and two people had to be chosen from [i.e., Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]. At that time the Principalist by necessity settled on Ahmadinejad, not as an acceptable individual or one affiliated with the Principalists. Though some had reached the opinion that they would support him against the Reformists.”
Karimi Isfahani’s next comment is particularly interesting insofar as he reckons it to be Ahmadinejad’s lack of respect for the clergy which reveals the extent of his lack of Principalist credentials.
“Being a Principalist depends on passing through special phases and observing a determinate principle. Ahmadinejad’s action in confrontation with the clergy and Grand Ayatollahs alone shows that he is not a Principalist. His disrespect toward the clergy and the dissatisfaction of the Grand Ayatollahs from his first term resulted in some Grand Ayatollahs not permitting him to enter their quarters. This all shows Ahmadinejad is not affiliated with the Principalists.”
“Some of the main body of Principalists supported Ahmadinejad’s slogans and today must clearly accept that the introduction of Ahmadinejad as a Principalist and the candidate of the Principalists was mistaken. We were not in agreement with his candidacy during the first term and not the second.”
“The facilities that are today in the control of followers of Ahmadinejad, in particular the deviant current, is very dangerous. Money can have an effect on society and even this worry exists that this current never use this money they have gathered together to attract some votes toward themselves. In any case power and money is in the hands of a group who want to rival the Principalists.”
Finally, Karimi Isfahani stated clearly and without ambiguity, “until the time that the view of the president has the Leader’s approval and legitimacy bestowed upon it, it is nothing.”
Ayatollah Abolqasem Khazali, a former member of the Guardian Council and incumbent member of the Assembly of Experts, has said that the return of the reappearance of the 12th Imam of the Shia is “close,” of which the Islamic Republic is “preparing the way” for the latter’s return. It is however his remarks vis-a-vis his now famous dissident son, Mehdi Khazali, which have drawn greater attention.
In an interview with the monthly Pasdar-e Islam, Ayatollah Khazali said that he has “expelled” his son from his family home and that he deems him a “deviant” and that he has instructed his wife and Mehdi’s mother not to greet their son, and to pray until he is “guided.” He added that at present he has no relations with his Mehdi, who is a well-known government critic and has also come to be considered a vociferous supporter of the Green Movement. He has been imprisoned on numerous occasions and is currently in detention. Earlier this year, Mehdi Khazali partook in a hunger strike while in detention, an act that nearly cost him his life.
Farda News posts pictures from Imam Khomeini hospital in Urumieh of the young girls who were severely injured and suffering burns as a result of an oil fire in a school in Piranshahr, Western Azerbaijani.
The incident has sparked anger nationally, and also led MPs to call for the impeachment of Hamid Reza Hajji Babai, the Minister of Education.
Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a former head of the Revolutionary Guards and senior advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, speaking at the 11th assembly of the Ashura Institute of Charity Aid Workers, has stated that “recently difficult-to-treat illnesses like cancer have become widespread, and this increase in illnesses is strange and worthy of research.”
Ismail Kosari, a member of the Majles Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy, has told Tasnim news agency that no permission will be given to the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the Parchin military installations until Iran’s demands are met.
Kosari said, “the key basis of negotiations was not on this basis (i.e., inspecting Parchin), and they are drawing out this discussion to create excuses and it isn’t important what decision they want to make in the future. They have shown their true nature numerous times and proven they are not serious about negotiations. They merely come and go with a predetermined agenda.”