IRGC commander Saeed Mohammad appointed as advisor to president

Saeed Mohammad, a senior commander of Iran’s terrorist designated Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the secretary of the Supreme Council of the Free Trade-Industrial and Special Economic Zones, was appointed as an advisor to the President on Free Trade-Industrial and Special Economic Zones by a decree of Iran’s IRGC-aligned hardliner president, Ebrahim Raisi.

The 52-year-old Saeed Mohammad has been a member of the IRGC since 1987 and has been in charge of its engineering arm, Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters since 2018. According to Yadollah Javani, the political deputy of the IRGC, Saeed Mohammad was fired from the Khatam al-Anbyia Construction Headquarters for “violation” and “non-compliance with the rules of command” and was disqualified from the presidential elections which led him to rally behind Ebrahim Raisi.

Under President Ebrahim Raisi, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to exert greater control over Iran’s national security agenda and economy. With several of his ministers and advisors being members of the IRGC and more IRGC commanders gaining significant political and economical power daily ever since his rise to power.

Ebrahim Raisi’s appointment as Iran’s new president enables the IRGC to further plunder Iran’s wealth in all fields and sectors with IRGC commanders present in his presidential cabinet, governorates, municipalities, and non-governmental organizations.

Some of Raisi’s appointments reflected a preference for the IRGC old boys’ network over technocrats with proven competence. Raisi’s 19 cabinet nominees did not include any women or religious minorities.

Raisi’s pick for vice president of economic affairs, Mohsen Rezaei, has little experience with economic planning. He has a doctorate in economics but is better known as the longest-serving IRGC commander. During his tenure from 1981 to 1997, the IRGC took on construction projects and became increasingly involved in the economy.

Source: Iran International
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