New deputy leader of Islamic Coalition Party compares Ahmadinejad’s team to MEK

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Mohammad Ali Amani, the newly appointed deputy leader of the Islamic Coalition Party has compared the “team” of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which includes such figures as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei & Hamid Baqai, to the arch-nemesis of the Islamic of Republic, the exiled People’s Mojahedin of Iran. In the first half of the 1980s the Mojahedin and Khomeini’s followers took up arms against one another in a battle for the state, and the latter having lost the battle inside the country eventually joined forces with Saddam Hussein in the course of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.

In the article published in Shoma, the Coalition’s official publication, Amani argues that the two groups have numerous similarities. For example, he alleges that while the Mojahedin instrumentally used Imam Ali’s well-known collection of sermons, the “Peak of Eloquence,” the “deviant current” use the Hidden Imam to further their political agenda.

Furthermore, he says, just as Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the theocracy’s founder, declared that there is no position or office for the Mojahedin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader has made it clear that there is no place in the Islamic Republic for the “deviant current.” But, he adds, “the language of both, disrupts the calm and promotes opposition to the Guardianship of the Jurist.”

In conclusion, Amani warns Ahmadinejad “to be careful of being misused by the deviant current.”

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