Iranian Regime’s Uncertain Future is not Helped by Election Sham
The Iranian regime is finding itself in a desperate situation. There has been much infighting over the past few years and it has become more and more public. During the latest parliamentary elections, the government became even more dominated by hardliners.
Just a few weeks ago, the Iranian parliament elected Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf as its new speaker. This individual has played major roles in the regime, in particular the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), since the beginning of the eighties.
The biggest factor in his appointment as speaker of the parliament was no doubt the support he had from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Once you have the support of the Supreme Leader, you can go far in leadership in Iran as long as you show yourself to be loyal to his policies.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) May 29, 2020
The sham elections in February were widely boycotted by the people of Iran because they were quite simply a farce. It was an opportunity to get rid of the opposition and to ensure that the Supreme Leader’s faction was in control. The government, despite this, is always quick to speak about the elections in the country being democratic. They try to convince the international community that the people support the theocratic system.
Quashing the opposition has been one of the regime’s main goals since its inception. The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) is the main opposition to the regime – the most viable alternative to the mullahs ruling the country. It is the biggest threat to the regime’s existence and it has widespread support – both inside Iran and across the world, including by prominent dignitaries, senators, members of parliament, and so on.
During the summer of 1988, in an incident that has now become known as the 1988 massacre, the Supreme Leader at that time issued a fatwa ordering the execution of members of the opposition. More than 30,000 political prisoners were executed, most of whom were members or supporters of the (PMOI / MEK Iran).
The longer the dream of regime change is deferred, the more “stick wielders” and “hanging judges” will pack the upper echelons of the Iranian regime.https://t.co/3wellj5ryi #Iran #MEK #IRGCTerrorWithoutBorders #coronavirus @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/nuoyLSZTbZ
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) June 4, 2020
And now the opposition, the (PMOI / MEK Iran), is just part of the problem. The regime has two factions – the hardliners and the reformists (as they like to describe themselves). Aside from the fact that the term “reformists” is highly inaccurate in this case, they are seen as a threat to the hardliners. The fact is, the Supreme Leader has the authority to amend the power share in the country as he sees fit.
He does so via the powerful Guardian Council that ensures candidates are loyal to the Supreme Leader. In the latest elections, barely any reformists got past the first stage so we’re not even allowed to run for office.
The people, therefore, made it very clear that they reject this kind of system. It is far from being democratic, and Iranians across the country were heard saying that their vote is for regime change. The regime is facing major upheaval and it is very unlikely that it will survive for much longer. The people’s determination for regime change cannot be reckoned with.