Iran Guards Say Not Supporting Any Candidate But ‘Educating’ The Voters
Saturday, 29 May 2021 18:13
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) will not support any particular candidate in Iran’s June 18 presidential elections, the political deputy of IRGC’s commander told a divisional gathering on Saturday. General Yadollah Javani insisted that “as usual” the IRGC would not be involved in an election and would “not support any faction or individual.”
Javani said that anything to the contrary was “a big lie and a serious accusation.” Javani added that the role IRGC plays is to instill hope to boost participation in the election and to set criteria where “our enemies” pursue attacks against the Islamic Republic.
This statement refers to the ideological framework of the elections, where goals pursued by the Islamic Republic, such as confrontation with the United States, Israel and others and the untouchable position of the Supreme Leader, among others, are upheld.
Javani said the IRGC also had a role in deflecting social-media campaigns encouraging an election boycott, and needed to “educate” people about the accomplishments of the Islamic Republic.
Speaking about the role of the president in Iran’s ruling system, Javani said the Supreme Leader says what needs to be said and the president cannot have a different position.
Of seven candidates, two have IRGC experience. Mohsen Rezaei (Rezaee), secretary of the Expediency Council, was the IRGC commander-in-chief from 1980 to 1997. The reformist former vice-president Mohsen Mehralizadeh served at a lower level.
A media network controlled by the IRGC has attacked reformists and President Hassan Rouhani over the past four years and is prominently backing Ebrahim Raeesi (Raisi), the head of Iran’s judiciary.