As Iran Calms, a Struggle for Political Power Intensifies
New York Times / Michae Slackman
07-Jul-2009 (2 comments)

CAIRO — The streets of Iran have been largely silenced, but a power struggle grinds on behind the scenes, this time over the very nature of the state itself. It is a battle that transcends the immediate conflict over the presidential election, one that began 30 years ago as the Islamic Revolution established a new form of government that sought to blend theocracy and a measure of democracy.From the beginning, both have vied for an upper hand, and today both are tarnished. In postelection Iran, there is growing unease among many of the nation’s political and clerical elite that the very system of governance they rely on for power and privilege has been stripped of its religious and electoral legitimacy, creating a virtual dictatorship enforced by an emboldened security apparatus, analysts said. Among the Iranian president’s allies are those who question whether the nation needs elected institutions at all. Most telling, and arguably most damning, is that many influential religious leaders have not spoken out in support of the beleaguered president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Indeed, even among those who traditionally have supported the government, many have remained quiet or even offered faint but unmistakable criticisms.According to Iranian news reports, only two of the most senior clerics have congratulated Mr. Ahmadinejad on his re-election, which amounts to a public rebuke in a state based on religion. A conservative pray... >>>

Ali Lakani

Enter Qom

by Ali Lakani on

Though there are indications that there is a growing rift between Khamenei and other clergy, Iranians mustn't put too much trust in it as the warring clergy might kiss and make up at any time to rescue the very existence of the regime.  I am sure Iranians will continue with their own peaceful struggle with this system as it had been progresively loing all credibility until Khamenei completely turned on people and took sides with himself for power.  Give them time and they will do what they need to do.


Maryam Hojjat

Mr. Lakani

by Maryam Hojjat on

thanks for your optimistic comment.  In the hope of Iranian's victory over IRI.

Thanks for posting this article.

Payandeh IRAN & Iranians

Down with IRI