The latest session of Parliament in Iran has highlighted the extreme disaccord between the different factions of the Iranian regime. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani even refused to show up to the session that was holding a vote for his chosen candidate for the post of Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade.
His excuse for refusing to participate in the session was that he was advised by the National Coronavirus Task Force. Technically, his absence at the session made all proceedings illegal (according to the constitution), but it was held anyway.
Society is well and truly simmering with discontent. Over the past few years, there have been numerous strikes, protests, anti-government demonstrations, and several significant uprisings. https://t.co/uXP35bGUxb#Iran #MEK #COVID19 @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/DfKAL9FZmh
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) May 28, 2020
Many of the Members of Parliament, especially from the rival faction, attacked the Iranian President. These members had been asked by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei not to attack Rouhani, but they did so nevertheless.
Many MPs criticized Rouhani for not attending, with an MP from Garmsar in the province of Semnan saying that the President is once again hiding from the public. Ardashir Motahari highlighted that this is the second time Rouhani has “refused to show up before Majlis”.
Ardashir Motahari also said that the President’s popularity is low, saying that if Rouhani went to the streets he would hear the people curse him. “People do not trust you, not even a bit. How do you expect them to trust your proposed Minister who has spent two decades of his life abroad?”
These days #Rouhani tries to close his eyes on his previous promises. His government’s logic was to blame previous officials for sanctions, but now he takes no responsibilities and blames Washington DC for the current situation #IranSanctionshttps://t.co/KbobutQFxQ
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) September 30, 2020
However, his comments are ironic because Motahari does not care about the people. He is simply participating in a struggle for power because Motahari has occupied posts in the past in which the people have been severely oppressed.
Despite the opposition to the candidate, Alireza Razm Hossaini was actually approved as the new Minister of Industry, Mine, and Trade. This is quite simply because it is what the Supreme Leader wanted. With the ultimate power, generally, what the Supreme Leader wants, he gets – regardless of what other officials want.
Khamenei is very aware of the infighting and the deadlock that the regime finds itself in. The domestic dissent is a big enough hurdle for the regime to face, so the Supreme Leader is no doubt trying to avoid further conflict within the leadership.
If Rouhani’s comments to the U.N. about the #Iranian regime being an “axis of peace and stability” are ridiculous lies, it is only because they are the same lies that reflect the reality of the upper echelons of the regime itself #MEK #Iran https://t.co/EKdKtRtJT2 #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/MJFlormiDl
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 6, 2020
There were calls for President Rouhani to be impeached earlier this year, but once again the Supreme Leader opted for the peaceful option. He said that the regime needs to present itself as “united against the enemy” and this despite the “differences” they have.
Society in Iran has been described as explosive and as in a powder keg state. This is a very accurate description as another uprising threatens to break out at any time. The people are angry with the regime. They want the regime to collapse so that they can move forward with their lives.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), times and again stated that the regime is refusing to listen to the people of Iran who are struggling in many ways and it is right to worry about further dissent.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 28, 2020
The regime has denied people the most basic freedoms and human rights for decades. They have been denied democracy. They have been denied religious freedom. They have been denied the right to voice their concerns about leadership. The people despise the regime and everything that it stands for.
The main opposition to the Iranian regime, the (PMOI / MEK Iran), network inside Iran “MEK Resistance Units” spread across the country. The MEK Resistance Units have been very active recently and have been amplifying the voice of the people.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): Today, not only the freedom of the people of Iran but their very lives and health, and the country’s economy and existence depend on the overthrow of the clerical regime. Likewise, global and regional peace and security and confronting natural disasters depend on regime change in Iran.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 28, 2020