Iran Insider Sees a Chance to Seize Moment
New York Times / Elaine Esciolino
18-Jul-2009 (2 comments)

Now, in assailing the government’s handling of last month’s disputed presidential election, Mr. Rafsanjani, a 75-year-old cleric and former president, has cast himself in a new light: as a player with the authority to interpret the ideals of Iran’s 30-year-old Islamic republic. Using his perch as a designated prayer leader on Friday to deliver the speech of a lifetime, Mr. Rafsanjani abandoned his customary caution to demand that the government release those arrested in recent weeks, ease restrictions on the media and eradicate the “doubt” the Iranian people have about the election result. Behind the words was the clear assertion that for the Islamic republic to survive, it must restore its legitimacy and find a formula for governing. And to establish his own legitimacy, Mr. Rafsanjani evoked his long personal and political history, and his current position as leader of two important consultative bodies. “What you are hearing now is from a person who has been with the revolution second by second from the very beginning of the struggle,” he said, adding, “We are talking about 60 years ago up until today.”He recalled that his mentor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the 1979 revolution, said that the key to success was that the “people’s will” be done, and in this case, the trust of the people had been broken and would not be restored overnight.In claiming Khomeini’s mantle, Mr. Rafsanjani was challenging the authority of Ayatollah Ali K... >>>

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Rafsanjani gives ''speech of a lifetime'

by Majid Zahrai on

Already from the reactions in Tehran, it is evident that Hashemi Rafsanjani has successfully distanced himself from Khamenei and other hardliners within IRI.  Will this bring him new recognition and a chance to change things, or will it alienate him?  It all depends on what actions he plans to take to follow up the words.



All Rafsanjani is doing is...

by Ostaad on

applying lipstick to a pig. That's all.