Rouhani: Iran may collapse soon
President Hassan Rouhani warned of Iran’s “collapse”, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
He said in a speech before thousands of people in the “Azadi” square in the center of the capital, Tehran, that there is instability, if the elections are conducted in a “unilateral” manner, and he warned of the imminent consequences of a “revolution” if the Iranians could not vote in “sound and free” elections .
According to the Iranian opposition radio, “Farda”, Rouhani warned of what he described as “collapse” if the scheduled elections were suspended within 10 days, which shows the depth of the country’s political crisis, and reveals that the presidency appears to be a bystander to the expected event.
On Tuesday, crowds of Iranians participated in the forty-first anniversary of the establishment of what was known as the “Islamic Revolution”, and Rouhani used this occasion to send several political messages. Ruhollah Khomeini, saying that the last king of Iran, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, was “a corrupt person.”
Rouhani added that “the revolution would not have taken place in Iran if there had been no corruption, and if the regime toppled at that time gave people the right to choose.”
In statements considered by observers as a hint, Rouhani added that the revolution broke out because the elections were not an option in front of people, and when this road was closed, people had to go out to open the path.
Rouhani entered into a deep disagreement with the most hard-line faction in Iran over the upcoming elections on February 21, because of preventing the most prominent reformists from submitting their candidacy and entering the competition.
Even the reformists who have consistently participated in Iran’s elections, have retracted their positions or preferred to boycott, because of harassment by militants.
Observers said that Rouhani was ostensibly talking to crowds in central Tehran, but that the letter was actually addressed to the mentor Ali Khamenei and other military institutions in the country such as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Rouhani’s warnings about controlling the elections reveal a pictorial nature of the country’s electoral process, given that the President of the Republic himself takes the initiative to warn and demand transparency like any independent observer.
Rouhani is not the only politician who warned the country’s ruling establishment. Just a week ago, Iranian government spokesman Ali al-Rubaie, an official who had accumulated an important intelligence experience, warned that going to elections was the only solution that avoided Iran the risk of collapse. Source