MEK Iran: Mullahs Regime Infighting
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the Iranian presidential elections are less than six weeks away, but as June 18 grows ever closer, the regime’s infighting has increased dramatically and now the state-controlled media has started to warn of the dangers of this feuding.
The mullahs regime infighting
Over the past few days, the Guardian Council, which is in charge of vetting all election candidates and is controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei of the hardliner faction, has begun to eliminate candidates from the so-called reformist faction.
The Mostaghel daily warned Monday that this was a “dangerous procedure” so close to the presidential elections because it reinforces the belief that reformists will essentially be locked out of the presidential race.
No difference among hardliners or so-called moderates
Now, it should be noted that reformists, or moderates as they are sometimes called, are no different from the hardliners in real terms. Reformist President Hassan Rouhani has since 2013 overseen the executions of nearly 5,000 people, the violent suppression of the 2017 and 2019 uprisings, and the attempted bombing of a Resistance rally in France in 2018, for which an Iranian diplomat is now serving 20 years in a European prison.
Even the Mostaghel daily admits this, saying reformists cause “great damage” to the Republic, but they still want the mullahs to address the infighting between the factions that the paper warns will cause protests and boost the MEK Resistance movement.
A chain of social protests
They wrote: “Their action creates wide rifts in the system that the enemy will use?… Have we not witnessed a chain of social protests in the country during the last four months, accompanied by sharp political slogans? And do we not know that the spread of these protests has dangerous and irreversible security consequences?”
So why is the Guardian Council (and by extension Khamenei) eliminating rival candidates? Well, back in March he said that the country “should not see the elections as a symbol of bipolarity” because he feared that division would make him look weak. This is him desperately trying to consolidate his power, just as he did during the February 2020 parliamentary elections, when even reformist candidates that had been in office for several years were disqualified.
The state-run daily warned
The Mostaghel daily warned: “If the Guardian Council wants to repeat the process of the February 2020 parliamentary elections, it will create the same huge rift in the system that the enemy yearns. Since the first days of the revolution, hasn’t this been the [the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran)’s] dream to create a rift at the head of the [regime]?”
They said that eliminating the reformists would pave the way for the MEK, especially when the public’s living situation is so much worse now than it was before the coronavirus pandemic because the regime failed to control the disease.