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Mashaei Aides Unlikely to Win Majlis Seat: MP

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TEHRAN, May 11 (ICANA) – A member of the presiding board of the Principalists' faction in Iran's Majlis (parliament) said if a team of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei (president’s chief of staff) aides runs independently for the parliamentary election, it won't be welcomed by people and is unlikely to win a seat in Majlis.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:44:38 AM
Mashaei Aides Unlikely to Win Majlis Seat: MP

Speaking to Khabar Online, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini commented on the prospect of relations between the government headed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Majlis after the recent disagreements between the top officials of the Islamic Republic.

In recent weeks the resignation of Iran's Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi reportedly over a difference with Ahmadinejad has reportedly turned to a conflict. The resignation was approved by Ahmadinejad, but the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reinstated Moslehi asking him to carry out his duty.

Then Ahmadinejad whose critics say is influenced by his chief of staff Mashaei refused to attend the Cabinet meetings for two consecutive weeks. His absence was interpreted as a sign of his discontent about the reinstatement of Moslehi.

In the Islamic republic's system, the leader is authorized to take the last decision on the appointment and resignation of four ministers including intelligence, foreign affairs, defense and interior minister from expediency.

"The revolution forces are dissatisfied with the latest approach of Mr. Ahmadinejad. Our pleasure and pride in supporting Mr. Ahmadinejad  lies in the fact that he has been faithful to the rule of jurisprudent (Velayat-e Faqih)," Naqavi Hosseini noted.

Referring to a decree issued by the leader of the revolution on the reinstatement of Intelligence Minister, the lawmaker said: "When the Supreme Leader issues a decree, all officials should take his orders. Although they permitted to express their own views, but all should comply with the orders given by the top figure of the Islamic Republic and their legitimacy is based on their absolute obedience to the leader of the Muslims."

Answering the question whether such events will influence a unified list of candidates the Principalists are to propose for the next parliamentary election [scheduled to be held in March 2012] or not, he pointed out: "I believe the Principalists will maintain their integrity at Majlis election since the Principalism is not centered on an individual and you will witness a wide range of Principalist candidates to be introduced for the poll."

On the possibility that the supporters of Ahmadinejad's government provide an independent list for the parliamentary election, the representative of Varamin city (located in South of Tehran) suggested: "In the last election for The Islamic City Council of Tehran when a faction diverged from the unified front of Principalists, it couldn't succeed. The only candidate from that team who was elected was the sister of the president (Parvin Ahmadinejad)."

"It means that people voted for the name of Ahmadinejad not the list of the candidates proposed by that faction. We may claim that none of the candidates were elected for the City of Tehran's Council," he said.

He rejected that the government's backers are potentially able to take half of the Majlis' seats: "If they are to run for the election independently, they neither will be backed by the Principalists nor will be received by people."

Naqavi Hosseini said that Iranian society knows individuals and factions: "I believe Mr. Mashaei's aids are not able to take a single seat in the Majlis under his name. It's not that fame guarantees success in such elections."

As the top adviser and right-hand man of Ahmadinejad Rahim, Mashaei has made several controversial statements on political and religious issues in the past which has angered the officials and prominent religious figures of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Once he suggested the possibility of a friendly relation between people of Iran and Israel. In another occasion he also questioned the managerial ability of the prophet Noah (S). Mashaei has never retracted any of his comments.

After the presidential election of June 2009 Ahmadinejad appointed Mashaei as the first Vice-President. But several officials, above them Ayatollah Khamenei opposed the choice, forcing Ahmadinejad to replace Mashaei by Mohammad Reza Rahimi.

In the late March, Mashaei was issued a visa to participate in the U.N. General Assembly celebration of the Iranian New Year (Nowrouz, which began on March 21), but the visit was canceled after it provoked disagreement among Mashaei's critics. 

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