Sunday April 30, 2017

Weeks Before Election, Iranian Opposition Receives Major Boost by Senator John McCain

On Friday, amid the conflict of Iran’s upcoming presidential election on May 19, Senator John McCain, Chairman of the US Senate Armed Forces Committee and senior member of the Republican Party, visited Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Albania.

He met with Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a combination of Iranian dissident organizations and individuals all seeking regime change in Iran. The PMOI/MEK is the largest of five different organizations in the NCRI.

Senator McCain congratulated PMOI/MEK members on their successful relocation to Albania from Iraq after having suffered several attacks in both Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty from 2009 to 2016.


"Only 4% of Society Happy With Status Quo," Says Iranian Presidential Candidate

Disputes between factions vying for Iran’s presidency continue, especially regarding economics, as each faction accuses the other.

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Tehran’s Mayor, said as he registered his candidacy, “[Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani speaks of economic conditions improving. But he would be more informed about the economic situation if he took a step out of his office. It would become crystal clear for him that only 4% of the society is happy with the status quo. The truth is that people from all walks of life are very unhappy as small and large production units are forced to shut down one after another.” Ghalibaf slammed Hassan Rouhani, describing his performance as "pointless and promotional plans" over the past 4 years.


Class Division Reaches Alarming Levels in Iran

In Iran economic inequality and class divisions has reached a point that is very concerning to many economic experts, as the class divide increases.

According to the state-run Tasnim News Agency, “Published statistics show that in recent years the financial power of the rich has increased in comparison to the power of the poor, under a variety of indexes,” The urban rich class’ spending for food has increased from 4.29 times more in 2013 to 4.77 times more in 2015.”


Iran's Presidential Elections and a Dozen Crises

While Ehsan Aminolroaia was being interviewed, questions about the state of Iran's presidential election arose.

Aminolroaia, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), was asked, “In the upcoming election, how will Iran politically respond to what question and how will it resolve the conflict? In 2013, the Iranian regime needed to respond to the issue of the nuclear deal. In year 2005, Iran wanted to spread its influence in Iraq and obtain the nuclear bomb. Therefore, the regime created a Monique ruling apparatus with Ahmadinejad's base. What is the regime’s Supreme Leader is looking for?”


Iran Officials Discuss the Upcoming Presidential Election, Charge Corruption Within Regime

Ahmad Tavakoli, former Iranian MP, and Abbas Abdi, member of the what is known as the “reformist” camp in Iran, issued a joint statement regarding institutionalized financial and economic corruption in Iran, calling senior officials “concession greedy” and stating that “this corruption will eventually find more depth, and today we are faced with systematic and networked corruption.”

According to the Alef website, they added, “In this phase the very oversight bodies involved in the fight against corruption will become influenced and corrupt individuals and begin supporting each other in a networked manner. This in itself will become part of the reason of this situation continuing.”


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