MEK Iran: Election Factional Feuds
As the regime’s fraudulent presidential elections in 2021 approach, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), monitoring the media inside Iran reported that state-run media and regime officials recognize the public’s ability to boycott the regime’s farce elections while also warning about continuing factional feuding.
Public opinion is opposed to the elections
“During this period, a significant portion of public opinion is opposed to the elections. The opposition has hit all Iranian families,” according to the state-run Sharq daily, which issued a warning on Wednesday.
“There is a need to maintain the livelihood of at least the last six deciles of society,” Sharq daily admitted, while calling the mullahs’ regime “our country.” To avoid an economic and social crisis that could lead to security and political collapse, our nation urgently requires a rapid period of economic prosperity. The country’s cultural system and disciplinary situation are both facing severe and deep problems that are threatening to bring them down.”
On Thursday, in an article, the Resalat daily warned the regime’s factions of growing internal tensions, called “fake polarisation.”
“Fake polarisation makes people bored and tired of participating in politics, and it makes society more fragile to the point where extremism, aggression, and radicalism are valued. We placed national security on the road of a soft overthrow by global arrogance amid two enemy seditions,” Resalat wrote.
As he faces a restive society, the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, tries to unpolarised his regime in order to more effectively enforce his consolidation agenda. As a result, his Guardian Council has set the stage for candidates from Khamenei’s opposing party to be disqualified. These ostensible candidates have a history of terrorism and domestic oppression. Khamenei and his government, on the other hand, are unable to tolerate even the tiniest hint of opposition.
Reformists, hardliners, the game is over
In February 2020, Iranians boycotted the regime’s rigged parliamentary election. Earlier this year, during major Iran protests in November and January, Iranians chanted “reformists, hardliners, the game is over,” denouncing both factions of the regime.
As the election date approaches, state-run media loyal to the regime’s “reformist” faction accept the public’s desire to boycott the regime’s sham elections.
Polls show that voter turnout will be low
“Polls show that voter turnout will be low, and observers and analysts are concerned about the election’s legitimacy,” the Etemad daily reported on Thursday. “Following the 11th parliamentary elections, which saw the lowest turnout in history, many activists and political analysts expressed concern about the continuation of what was dubbed ‘people’s alienation from the ballot box.’ “It is clear that the issue of legitimacy is a major one with both internal and external implications,” Etemad continued.
The regime’s state-run media also acknowledges the opposition’s popular election boycott movement.
Iranian opposition boycotted the elections
The opposition, both within and outside the country, is announcing that we should boycott the elections in order to undermine the system’s legitimacy,” the state-run Etemad daily reported on Thursday. “If the elections are not passionate and a large number of citizens do not vote, it will move in the direction of the opposition’s demands, and this issue has nothing to do with legitimacy,” Etemad continues.
“The political atmosphere is at an all-time low, and society is perplexed and divided. This is a grave threat that will be crushed if we do nothing and political division and animosity continue,” the Sharq daily warned regime officials on Thursday.