March 3, 2011
Several members of the Iranian regime’s ruling faction have warned former mullahs’ president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting that he may not only be removed from his post at the regime’s Assembly of Experts but also from additional organs.
Khabar Online, a website close to the regime’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker, Ali Larijani, wrote on Sunday that four people close to the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei met with Rafsanjani expressing concerns about his “continued silence” about the “sedition” of anti-regime protests, especially on February 14.
The four were Asadollah Badamchian, Hassan Ghafourifard, Mohammad Nabi Habibi, and Abolfazl Tavakkoli Bina.
According to Khabar Online, one of them told Rafsanjani that his silence would lead to his “ouster as the head of the Assembly of Experts and probably other positions.”
The state-run Khabar Online also said Rafsanjani gave an “impassioned speech,” saying, “I personally love Mr. Khamenei and will never trade his friendship with anything else.”
Khamenei “is unique and exceptional as a leader,” Rafsanjani was quoted as saying. “I believe that if the position of the Supreme Leader were to be harmed in this country, the enemy will deal blows to the establishment.”
Another state-run website, Jahan News, said Rafsanjani’s remarks were “tellingly close” to the mullahs’ Assembly of Experts elections and added that he seeks to retain his post as chairman.
Issuing a veiled word of warning, the website said, “Of course, the esteemed chairman will, God willing, always be a supporter of the revolution. But, being forced to play some other games and exercising silence will not be without costs to him.”
“No one will then be able to back him up by announcing a position on his behalf.”
“Subsequently, the designs of those who seek to harm the roots of unity within the establishment will succeed,” it added.
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