Ayatollah Decides Who Wins Iranian Election

(According to a report by Reza Kahlili, former CIA spy in Iran, published in WND)

Iran will have general elections on June 14th.  But will these elections be held fairly and the results reported honestly?  WND is claiming that the winner will be chosen by the Ayatollah.

In 2009, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had lost the election.  Several million ballots were added to the tally, and he was declared the winner.  Riots ensued, and thousands were arrested, some were tortured and murdered.  And some who opposed Ahmadinejad remain incarcerated.

Former President Ayathollah Hashemi Rafsanjani issued a press release Tuesday denying reports that he received a letter from Secretary of State John Kerry that said the United States would support him if he chose to run in Iran’s presidential election next month.  This was reported by WND with information from a source inside the supreme leader’s offices.

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is Ahmadinejad’s hand-picked successor.  Iranian media is reporting that after the vetting process by supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the Guardian Counsel, the names of both Rafsanjani and Mashaei have been removed from the ballot.

Rafsanjani’s office was forced to issue a formal denial of the Kerry memorandum on his website.  More than 100 media entities had unveiled the WND report.

“After the false publication of internal media quoting American WND regarding a secret letter by John Kerry to Ayatollah Rafsanjani and on the threshold of the presidential elections,” Rafsanjani’s press release said, “some vengeful media in Iran, without considering the national interest of the country and with the goal of character assassination, have expanded on news and rumors of anti-revolutionary foreign media.”

There had been some question about the removal of Mashaei’s name from the ballot.  Recent elevated tensions between Ayatollah Khamenei and Ahmadinejad resulted in admonitions by Khamenei and threats by Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad had been detained by the forces of the supreme leader, and was ordered to comply with the wishes of the Ayatollah.  In turn, Ahmadinejad taped a conversation with an official in Khamenei’s office about the falsification of the 2009 election.  He threatened the Ayatollah with an expose of the phone call if his choice of replacement, Mashaei, was not placed on the ballot.

The relationship between Rafsanjani and the United States began during with a situation that eventually led to the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980’s.  The U.S. had developed a “direct line of contact” with Rafsanjani, who was the speaker of the parliament at the time.

Rafsanjani had promised that after the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, he would assist in normalizing relations between the United States and Iran.  That never happened.

Rafsanjani registered as a presidential candidate just before the May 11th deadline.  Hardliners demanded his name be removed from the list.  He is considered a moderate, and therefore is in mild opposition to the Theocracy of Iran.

The source reported that publications by WND have not forced political unrest in Iran, but have increased concerns and confidence of voters and the scrutiny of the international press.

WND has continually created tension within the regime.  It has increased the questions and concerns of the Iranian people, by raising issues kept in secrecy by the leaders of the government.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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