Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi have been sending mixed messages to the country’s new Islamic Republic Parliament ahead of its opening on May 28.
Rouhani tweeted on Monday: “As the Majles turns 40, and starts the fifth decade of its activity, the people are looking forward to the cooperation between the Majles and the administration during the next year. The administration is reaching out to the new Majles for friendship.”
On the same day, Vaezi warned the next Majles not to intervene in the affairs of the administration.
Some of the conservatives who dominate the new Majles had vowed during their election campaign to question Rouhani’s performance once in the legislature. Some have even threatened to impeach Rouhani for his poor performance during the past seven years and particularly for his reaction to major events such as the nationwide protests in November 2019.
Rouhani’s last year in office as Iran’s President coincides with the first year of the 11th Majles. Several political analysts in Tehran have said that Rouhani is likely to have a hard time in his dealings with the Majles once the parliament leaves its first few weeks behind and elects its speaker and presidium members.
At least three of the four conservative factions, the ultraconservative Paydari and Pro-Ahmadinejad groups as well as the pro-Qalibaf neoconservatives have made it clear that they oppose the Rouhani administration and will stand against it once the Majles starts its business.
The administration’s media outlet, Iran daily in its May 26 issues extensively covered the administration’s expectations of the new Majles, however, it did shy away from highlighting Rouhani and his administration’s concerns about the possibility of damaging confrontations with parliament.
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