Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rafsanjani's Remarks

As a follow-up to yesterday's post, here's what prompted Moslehi's criticism of Rafsanjani:
"Last week in Mashhad, Rafsanjani said that the government’s existence depends upon the people’s support, and if the people in the future no longer support Iran’s leaders, they will no longer be in power. Moslehi attacked these remarks, suggesting that the rule of the supreme leader is up to the people. 'Mr. Hashemi says as long as people want the Vali Faqih (the supreme leader) he gets to rule and when they no longer want him he must abdicate.' According to Moslehi, the Vali Faqih derives his legitimacy not from the people, but directly from God."

I can't say for sure without more context, but that sounds pretty mild as reformist sentiments go.

(Crossposted to American Footprints)



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