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Rajavi Issues Statement on Current Iranian Presidential Candidates

 

With Rouhani, Raisi and others being considered for the Iranian presidency, it is clear that the next president is likely to have a horrible human rights record.

Raisi, for instance, was on the death commission regarding the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Rouhani has continued executions, despite the violation of various international agreements that outlaw executions based on drug crimes.

Other candidates have been involved in the repression of the Iranian people, including stopping protests and ill-treatment of prisoners. Not one of them is truly a reformer, but approved to carry on the regime’s agenda at any cost to the Iranian people. One of the key areas where the Iranian people are struggling is the economy. Despite deals made to improve the economy, most of the funds have not reached the civilian population. Most are struggling with high unemployment and limited opportunities.

Young people are being educated, but are not able to find work. Smuggling of goods in by the IRGC has had a negative impact on the economy, as markets remain unregulated. Corruption is rampant throughout the banks and government, with large companies not even paying taxes.

Into this picture, the May 2017 elections are seen as a sham election, with no real chance for change. According to Ms. Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), “Neither black turban, nor white turban; down with the clerical regime!”

1 Comment on Rajavi Issues Statement on Current Iranian Presidential Candidates

  1. The history of Iranian elections has been less than spectacular. Last year during parliamentary elections, the regime wiped off the ballots thousands of candidates deemed unsuitable for running. The most common attribute of the eliminated candidates was a disturbing tendency to being a dissident voice. In the infamous presidential election of 2009, the much-reviled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected in what was widely regarded as a rigged election that resulted in massive protests harshly put down by the regime’s military resulting in thousands of deaths, arrests and prison sentences. The mullahs learned their lesson in 2013 by installing Hassan Rouhani as an affable, cheery candidate in contrast to the typical regime clerical candidate. Now with presidential elections looming on May 19th, Iran is entering into another familiar cycle of political speculation. Unfortunately, none of it will matter much since the regime’s leadership, led by top mullah Ali Khamenei, controls the councils which will decide who will be allowed to run in the first place.

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