Ahmadinejad replies to the Revolutionary Guards on “electoral engineering”

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in what appears to be a swift and frank retort to Hojjat al-Islam Ali Saeidi, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards, has warned against the “management of the people” in elections, saying, “Anyone who wants to manage the people, the people will manage him [in turn].”

Saeidi, had said that it is ”the essential duty” of the Revolutionary Guards to “rationally and logically engineer the elections.”

Tehran’s prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, has announced that he has issued the indictment of Mehdi Hashemi, the son of former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Hashemi’s case file is said to consist in 125 pages with 12 allegations in total.

Hojjat al-Islam Ruhollah Hosseinian, a member of the central council of the neoconservative Endurance Front close to Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, has told Fars News: “Unfortunately  someone who in the 2009 election with the plan to provoke suspicions in the election of the seditious current [radical and numerous Principalists’ term for the Green Movement and post-election protests in 2009], who by putting forth [the idea of] ‘free elections’  was to start another sedition.”

In the past, numerous Reformist politicians, activists affiliated with the Green Movement, but also individuals such as former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, have stressed the need to ensure that Iran’s election are fair.

Added Hosseinian: “Always in Iran the most free elections are held, because in the majority of periods people who were not in the ruling current, gained votes.”

Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, the leader of the Majles’ Principalist faction, has warned against a plurality of Principalist candidates and has said that too many candidates could pave the way to this group’s electoral defeat.

“It is as the Supreme Leader warned the authorities, that we must refrain from making enemies [within Principalist ranks] and making a commotion and controversy.”

Habibollah Asgarowladi, a senior member of the traditional conservative Islamic Coalition Party, seems to have backtracked on previous statements in which he had claimed Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Hojjat al-Islam Mehdi Karroubi were not part of the “sedition,” the term used to dub forces allegedly set on overthrowing the Islamic Republic after the 2009 presidential election.

Asgarowladi states that he never meant to “absolve” either Karroubi or Mousavi, but rather meant that they were not at the “head of the sedition.”

“What I meant was that America, the Zionist regime and the deceitful England were the head of the sedition of 2009.”