As first reported by Reza Kahlili, a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and CIA informant, in WND
Tomorrow, Friday, Iran will hold general elections. The question is, will the voting bring the same results as in 2009? Reza Kahlili believes that whoever is elected president will represent the Ayatollah, and not the people.
In 2009, the election was fraudulent. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was obviously the loser. Rioting and subsequent imprisonment ensued. Because of the worldwide abhorrence of the election’s debacle, Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dictated to the Iranian people the importance of voting in this year’s election.
“Anyone who does not participate in the election will surely end up in hell,” warned Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, the Friday prayer leader in the city of Mashhad and a member of the country’s Assembly of Experts (the body that chooses the supreme leader).
A close adviser to the supreme leader, Hojatoleslam Alireza Panahian, begged people to vote: “People should vote, for God’s sake.”
It is not easy to become a candidate in Iran. Although their elections are advertised as “open,” there are heavy controls by the theocratic government.
First of all, the 12-member Guardian Council decides the eligibility of candidates for office, and anyone with a history of opposing the regime is barred from participation. The council is made up of six Islamic faqihs (experts in Islamic law) appointed by the supreme leader and six jurists nominated by the head of the judiciary (who is himself appointed by the supreme leader), and then approved by the parliament.
The ruling clerics, in an attempt to avoid a national uprising as was the occurrence in 2009, eliminated candidate Ayatollah Rafsanjani. He is a former president who is in direct opposition to the policies of Ayatollah Khamenei. The regime feared that the voting public would display their hatred of the ruling government as they did after the election in 2009, when Mir Hossein Mousavi was denied his rightful victory.
The ruling clerics have reportedly sent out an order requiring all government employees that they, along with their families, must participate. The order includes military personnel and instructs them to wear plain clothes only. The source said the regime has already prepared Photoshop images of big lines at election centers and has prepared a statement announcing more than 80 percent participation and more than 40 million votes cast (more than was cast in the 2009 elections), which they will announce as a big victory and “slap to the enemy (America).”
Mr. Kahlili says that the eight candidates on the ballot are hand-picked agents of the present regime. He further states that most of the eight have committed criminal acts, including two with arrest warrants issued against them by either Interpol or Argentine courts for the 1994 Jewish Community Center bombing in Buenos Aires: Mohsen Rezaei, the ex-chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards, and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati.
Another candidate, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the current mayor of Tehran and former police commander, has said of the 1999 student protests: “I was the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Air Force at the time. Photographs of me are available showing me on the back of a motorbike, with Hossein Khaleqi, beating [the protesters] with wooden sticks. … I was among those carrying out beatings on the street level and I am proud of that. I didn’t care that I was a high-ranking commander.”
“I revealed last October that Mr. Velayati, currently a close adviser to the supreme leader on international affairs, has held several secret talks with American counterparts in discussing ways to reduce tensions between the two countries.”
Mr. Velayati, who has good relations with someone close to the Obama administration, seems to be the candidate that the supreme leader would want to be the next Iranian president. He has years of experience on the international level; plus, owing to his American connection, he could start a dialogue with the United States to try to ease sanctions, stop the collapse of the country’s economy and buy more time for the ayatollahs to develop nuclear weapons.
However, the Revolutionary Guards, who control all aspects of the country, have someone else in mind. Mr. Ghalibaf, a former guard commander who fought in the Iran-Iraq War, could be the ace card for the guards, extending their reach into the presidential palace and the lucrative benefits that come with it.
The rest of the candidates are all yes men to the supreme leader, including Saeed Jalili, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator.
The world will be watching tomorrow. Will there be any semblance of a free and open election in Iran? Mr. Kahlili says ‘no,’ there will be a result similar to 2009. Only the Ayatollah will be pleased with the results. The Iranian people will once again be unhappy with the results.
(This story was quoted by permission from its original author, Rega Kahlili.)
For the Guardian Express,