Khamenei's crisis

MEK Iran: Iranian Regime Faces Crisis With No Way Out

Khamenei's crisis

The crisis that the ruling regime in Iran is facing, people uprising and coming parliamentary election

The ruling mullahs in Iran have been faced with crisis after crisis over the past few years and there are indications that it is hanging to power by a thread. Indeed, if it were for the will of the people alone, the regime would have collapsed a long time ago.

The people want regime change. They want democracy, freedom, and respect for their human rights.

Next month, parliamentary elections are due to take place. This has traditionally been a time of utter chaos and instability. As per many previous times of unrest, in the run-up to parliamentary elections, the regime finds itself with problems that it cannot resolve. Internal disputing comes to the forefront and the bickering pours over into the public domain.

The Guardian Council, the powerful body that oversees the so-called democratic process rather undemocratically disqualifies candidates. It is believed that almost a hundred MP candidates have been disqualified from the upcoming elections. The Guardian Council has also been warning candidates to be careful of what they say.

The events of the past few months have not been ideal at a time of elections in Iran. The domestic crisis that started in mid-November last year when the people instigated a major uprising in which they were calling for regime change shook the mullahs. The regime’s response to the uprising was brutal – thousands were killed or critically and many thousands were arrested and thrown in jail.

As the situation started easing up, allowing the regime to breathe as a sigh of relief, the United States launched a drone attack, killing Qasem Soleimani – the commander of the Quds Force branch of the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This killing was a major blow to the regime because Soleimani was the highest official when it came to exporting terrorism and implementing the regime’s policies across the region.

Then, to top it all off, the regime found itself in the middle of another major crisis when Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down. Initially, Iranian aviation officials tried to say that the plane crashed after suffering a technical failure, but the IRGC had to admit that it mistook the aircraft for an American missile and shot it down.

The Iranian public was furious at the regime, highlighting that these 176 innocent people are needless victims. The international community could not just ignore this and the people took to the streets in protest.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that the situation the regime is experiencing now is worse than any crisis it has experienced in the past. Domestic pressure, added to the mounting pressure from the international community, is pushing the regime into a corner that it is unable to back out of.

During his Friday prayer sermon last week – his first in eight years – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke extensively about the “enemy”. In this instance, the enemy is the people and Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK Iran). The voice of the resistance is growing stronger with every day that passes.

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