The political deputy of the Revolutionary Guards, Rasul Sanai Rad, without mentioning the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, by name, has criticized the latter’s failure to write a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, clearly apologizing for his recent conduct.
In a meeting of Revolutionary Guard commanders in Semnan province, Sanai Rad stated that someone who claims to have “esteem” for the Supreme Leader, but in a “narcissistic” atmosphere, is not prepared to write a letter apologizing, cannot account for such inconsistency in his behavior.
The reference to sentiments of “esteem” or “regard” for the Supreme Leader is a clear reference to the president’s most recent letter to the Supreme Leader in the aftermath of the controversial exchange of insults and threats that took place between Majles speaker, Ali Larijani, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the course of the impeachment hearing of the government’s labor minister. Since the incident, both Majles speaker, Ali Larijani, and judiciary chief, Sadeq Larijani, have sent letters of contrition to Khamenei.
Sanai Rad added that a number of individuals who entered the political fray with “the slogan for unfurling the flag of justice and fighting corruption” are “after the preservation of power at any price” and are “involved in manifest deviance.”
The Revolutionary Guard commander stressed that “in political psychology, an individual who finds himself engrossed in political narcissism and who thinks himself superior to others, is not able to accept criticism, doesn’t accept the word of others and becomes susceptible to delusion.”
Sanai Rad’s appointment late last year as political deputy to the IRGC was regarded as a political decision by Ahmadinejad government supporters, as he has proven to be a regular and stinging critic of the administration.
Digarban covers the recent statements of Mohammad Rais Zadeh, the head of the Medical Society of the Basij, who has said that in the event President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not accept the results of the Organization of the Medical Order of Iran, he will simply await confirmation by his successor as president.
Rais Zadeh made the comments on the sidelines of the sixth election of the powerful medical organization.
On Feb. 13, President Ahmadinejad in a letter addressed to the Central Commission, which supervises the organization’s elections, announced that he will regard the election as “violating the law” and “void,” unless it revises its disqualification of certain candidates. Despite the president’s letter, the organization proceeded to hold the election without his suggested review.
The head of the supervisory commission, Morad Hashem Zehi, has since explicitly told the president to “repent” for instilling doubt and creating rumors regarding the election. Zehi added that if the president does not sign the order approving the result, the Majles will find a “legal solution” to the impasse.
Some Conservatives believe that Ahmadinejad’s warning to the medical organization’s electoral supervisory committee was an implicit message to Iran’s powerful Guardian Council ahead of the upcoming presidential election. It has been suspected by both Conservative politicians and analysts that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will present his own favored candidate for the presidency.
Some have even envisioned a ‘Putin-style’ arrangement, whereby Ahmadinejad might attempt to continue to run the executive via proxy. One of the key obstacles deemed to be standing in the way of such an eventuality is the Guardian Council, half of which is appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader and the other half of which must be approved by the Majles, the majority of which are presently antagonistic toward the Ahmadinejad government.
The Conservative website Alef, affiliated with government critic and MP, Ahmad Tavakkoli, even speculated this week that if Ahmadinejad’s controversial ally, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, is disqualified by the Guardian Council, the president might refuse to hold the election.
Mehr news agency reports that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will lead prayers for the funeral service of the recently deceased Ayatollah Azizollah Khoshvaght. Khoshvaght was a longstanding political ally of Iran’s Supreme Leader and also a relative by marriage. That Khamenei will lead prayer is indicative of their close relationship. Last month Iran’s Supreme Leader also headed the prayer service of the late Ayatollah Agha Mojtaba Tehrani, another long-term clerical ally, regarded as being close to Iran’s security services.
Amir Abdollahian, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, has rejected allegations of “illegal activities” in Nigeria.
The Nigerian secret service recently arrested three Nigerians on suspicion of forming a spy cell on behalf of the Iranian government to the end of spying on prospective Israeli and American targets.
Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has published a report on its website claiming that the United States’ National Security Agency is in the process of building a “hidden spy centre” in Utah, which will be the largest electronic surveillance organization ever established.