On February 26, 2016, Iran’s 55 million voters (voting age 18) will go to poll to elect 290 new lawmakers for the 10th Majlis (parliament) and 88 members of the 5th term of the Assembly of Experts.
Over 6,000 candidates, including 600 women, are running for the 290 seats in the Majlis.
Over 200 candidates have gained approval to contest election for the Assembly of Experts from the Guardian Council, country’s top election supervisory and vetting organization. The Assembly of Experts, elected every eight year, consists of clerics, technocrats, academics, businessmen, and union leaders. It’s a high-ranking elected body in Iran, which elects and oversees the activities of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution. It is in a position of authority to either appoint or dismiss the Leader if recommended by a 70% majority in Majlis.
On Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei warned the nation against enemy plots to exercise influence in country’s upcoming elections. He said that as usual America is going to challenge the decision by the Guardian Council that is responsible for censoring the corrupt and of lose-character people contesting the elections. Such censorship is considered not kosher in the western practiced democracy aka Dollarcracy.
Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iranian Armed Force has also condemned the US and Britain meddling in the coming election “disgraceful and insulting”. He said meddling in elections of a “revolutionary and independent country with Islamic and democratic leadership” would be serious transgression, stressing that the Iranian nation is well aware of ways to foil its consequences.
The US-based Human Rights Watch, an Israeli advocacy group (here) has already declared the coming election being “rigid and fraud”.
Iran’s political system can best be described as theo-democracy – a govern by the citizen run under Islamic Shari’ah. The Guardian Council acts as country’s Election Commission with Constitutional authority to disqualify a candidate found or suspected of being involved in immoral (rape, prostitution, gambling, alcohol, insulting religious minorities, etc.) or anti-national activities or convicted of embezzlement of public funds. Naturally, such vetting is not considered uncivilized and undemocratic in the Zionist-controlled western democracies.
No political party is allowed in Iran since 1979 Islamic Revolution. However, like-minded Iranian political, business and religious groups are allowed to support candidates of their choice. Foreign political lobby groups are not tolerated in Iran. The country’s religious minorities (Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Jews, etc.) like in Pakistan have reserved seats in the Parliament. The minorities elect their own lawmakers who are not vetted by the Guardian Council.
No matter whether West’s favorite “moderates” or anti-US Islamist “conservatives” get majority in the Majlis or the Assembly of Experts – Ayatullah Ali Khamenei will stay as country’s absolute authority as long as he is alive with safe mind. Furthermore, during the last three decades, all pro-West senior military elites have been purged, leaving no chance for the US-Israel to bring a military coup as it did in 1953. Such act is a treason punishable with firing-squad under the Constitution.
After two years in power, the Jewish Lobby must have realized that even the so-called “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani hates the Zionist regime.