Maryam Rajavi: Regardless of outcome, Iranian regime will weaken after #IranElections

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said in a statement this week that regardless of the outcome of the sham elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts in Iran, the situation for Iranian people will not become better. Ultimately, Rajavi believes that the regime as a whole will weaken, its internal crises will intensify, and the resentment and anger that the Iranian people feel towards the mullah’s corruption will deepen.

Rajavi pointed out that Iran’s clerical regime is founded on a rejection of democratic sovereignty, and that while all of the running candidates for office are loyal to clerical rule, many were disqualified for displaying minor dissent against supreme leader Ali Khamenei. As supreme leader, Khamenei has the highest political authority in Iran, and has the power to disqualify political candidates from running for office should he consider them unworthy. Khamenei’s political filter has given ruling hardliners in Iran massive political leverage, and has made it impossible for Iranian citizens to establish a true democracy.

Khamenei’s power to deny was on full display this election season. Earlier this month, Khamenei infamously disqualified Hassan Khomeini from running for membership in the Assembly of Experts – the arm of the Iranian government that monitors the conduct of the supreme leader. Khomeini is the grandson of previous supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, and was popular among Iranian reformists.

As the internal struggle between rival factions and the ruling clerics of the regime heightens, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who many hoped could institute political change, has been submissive to Khamenei’s restrictions, further establishing that despite his rhetoric, he either does not have the will or the strength to create a truly democratic Iran. His inaction has been disappointing to former supporters, particularly women, who feel frustrated by their lack of civil representation.

Maryam Rajavi stressed that whatever the outcome of this election, the strains between the Iranian people and the Iranian regime will only intensify. As whispers of democratic futility and projected low voter turnout grows among Iranians, the Iranian regime pushes harder to facilitate participation in their curated ballot, issuing fatwas to make participation in elections a religious obligation and defining a blank ballot as a direct violation of Sharia law.

Rajavi determined that even if the ruling clerics emerge from the election successful, the hostility that the Iranian people feel towards the mullahs and the mullah’s continued internal struggle to remain in power will ultimately make them weaker, not stronger. The political volatility in Iran in of itself is a loss for the regime.

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Empower Iran’s Dissidents

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, emphasizes the importance of focusing on the human rights situation in Iran.

According to the New York Daily News article, “Now empower Iran’s dissidents”, Maryam explains that the back and forth between supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have caused there to be more focus on the execution, imprisonments, intimidations, and repression of the Iranian people by current leaders. She explains that by denying people their human rights, the regime will continue to hold its illegitimate power in Iran.

“That is why in the eyes of the Iranian people, the Iranian resistance’s exposure of the regime’s clandestine nuclear program, was such a watershed moment. It struck a blow for the forces of human rights and freedom at home as well as peace and stability in the region”, says Rajavi.

Since the beginning of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, over 2,000 people have been assassinated. “Teachers, students, workers, Sunnis, converts to Christianity, bloggers, journalists, and many others” are part of the crackdown on citizens and women are harassed regularly. Amnesty International stated that “Iranian authorities have retained an iron grip over academic establishments.”

“My message to the United States and the West is that the long-term solution to the Iranian threat lies neither in foreign military intervention nor in collaboration with a regime that is so oppressive at home and so destabilizing abroad.”

OIAC 2015 New York RALLY

No to a nuclear Iran

Yes to a regime change by Iranians

Iranian-Americans and friends will gather in New York City to rally against the Iranian officials at the United Nations. In the past, the rally has included bi-partisan policy makers such as Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Bill Richardson, Amb. John Bolton, Gov. Howard Dean, Kerry Kennedy, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Tom Ridge, and others.

Monday September 28th, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, UN. 

RSVP: NewYorkRally@oiac.org

Speakers

Bill Richardson

Former U.S. Ambassador in UN and Governor of New Mexico

Tom Ridge

Former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Pennsylvania

50 Years of Resistance

PMOI

In Germany on Friday, the former vice-president of the European Parliament and President of the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ), Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, addressed a meeting of young people. Vidal-Quadras has been involved with PMOI for 15 years.

With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the political movement in Iran, Dr Vidal-Quadras calls on young people to continue showing their perseverance, regardless of the repression they face.

Dr. Vidal-Quadras highlighted the PMOI as the “backbone of a nationwide resistance against the ruling religious dictatorship” and a “treasure of moral, cultural, and political values in today’s world.” He praises members of PMOI for being advocates of a democratic Islam and for also showing the world that Islam is very different from the Islamic extremism that terrorizes the Middle East.

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) was praised for her hard work and for leading the opposition group as a Muslim woman, representing a “revolution which can shake very positively the Islamic world.”

At the end of his speech, Dr. Vidal-Quadras thanked the PMOI and NCRI for ensuring that there will one day be a democratic change in Iran: “I consider out of the many things that I have done in my political life to defend civil liberties and democracy, my collaboration with you as the most important of all. Sometimes you are so kind to thank me for my help to your cause, but it is me that must thank you for the opportunity to participate in an undertaking so decisive for the future of Iran and of the whole world.” He said that, without a doubt, the eviction of the mullahs from power will be the “largest step towards global peace and stability that the world has witnessed since the fall of the Berlin wall.”

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