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Ansar May Want Vote Back

29 Jul 2009 18:0815 Comments
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Ansar-e hezbollah warns Ahmadinejad that they may have to take back their votes

[TEHRAN BUREAU] Source: Tabnak After a barrage of harsh criticism from the Principlist camp over the past few days, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was dealt another blow, this time from a hardline weekly affiliated with Ansar-e hezbollah.

"Mr. Ahmadinejad, apologize to the nation!" read the headline of the Ya Lassarat editorial, warning the president of the consequences of his actions. Should Ahmadinejad decide to continue in this manner, Ansar-e hezbollah said it would ask its supporters to take back their votes.

"Our vote was not [cast] for an individual, it was [cast] for the values of Islamic Revolution and allegiance to the rule of the just jurisprudence [Leader]."

"We must tell you, Mr. Ahmadinejad, that our criteria in voting for you was your indisputable allegiance to the Leadership. But now we see that you, in the past week, have done things that raise questions about your allegiance to the Leader... because of the appointment of Rahim Masha'i, and the removal of the ministers whose allegiance to the leadership you cannot doubt, and whose [the removed ministers] only fault was reminding you to obey the order of the Leadership.

"Your hesitation in carrying out the Leader's orders has led us to begin to assume that your love for a person such as Masha'i is far greater than your love for the Leader. Of course we hope that we are mistaken."

"We would like you to be aware that in the event you repeat, persist with such behavior, we will have no choice but to ask you to return our votes."

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15 Comments

Its time for Mr. Ahmadinejad to go!

Alex Elliott / July 29, 2009 2:35 PM

Does anyone have any idea what the hell is going on in Iran anymore? Is this all a ploy to take attention away from the Green Movement by diluting it in a sea of instability?

Daryoosh / July 29, 2009 2:36 PM

every one looking forward to Ahmadi and Khamenei go, normally any sane person would have left knowing the end would be not very pleasant however these guys prefer to be going the way Saddam did.

victory for the people is near, ppl united they will fall.

down with dictators

Neda / July 29, 2009 3:11 PM

These are the Basij and other vigilantes. According to sources cited by Wiki, "Most members of Ansar e Hezbollah ['the supporters of the party of God'] are either members of the Basij militias or veterans of the Iran-Iraq War" who form "a semi-official, paramilitary group . . . . thought to be financed and protected by many senior government clerics."


This is not a ploy, it's more like hardliners obeying orders to show support for disciplining (or firing?) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for hiring and firing his own cabinet in defiance of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader.


Ansar e Hezbollah is obeying a call to show that its members want a president who is more OBEDIENT than Ahmadinejad has been this week and at the same time even more HARDLINE in repressing green wave dissent. Does that seem contradictory? Not really. Authoritarian and fascist regimes typically strive to look tough while being based on rigid obedience. Ahmadinejad has become defiant - violating rigid obedience by making his own choices re: the key role of Minister of Intelligence - and has done so in order to keep looking tough.

jane / July 29, 2009 3:30 PM

This insane government should be dismantled all together soft or hardlinders are both a destructive force. Religion and State must not be mixed. Iran is Ready for True Democracy and Freedom without the burden of Islam. And without the burden of Monarchy. both these regimes have raped our beautiful country's resources and culture! To that day that our precious country achieves True Democracy and True Freedom!

neena / July 29, 2009 3:39 PM

Daryoosh, The power structure is cracking in the Mr. Ahmadinejad's camp. It appears that the principalists are separating themselves from the government, they might be sensing a major change!


The recent actions by Rafsanjani and Khamenei indicates that an accommodation has been reached between the two camps. The stage is set for a showdown between Ahmadinejad/IRGC and Mullahs/Reformers.

Ali N. / July 29, 2009 4:04 PM

It looks as though the theocracy intends to try to pacify the people with Landslide's blood, but because he has filled many powerful positions with people loyal to him, it will be messy.


Like I keep saying, I hope they bloody each other until they are both too weak to fight back against the reformers when they take over.

Dave In America / July 29, 2009 5:00 PM

I would like to see ahmadinejad succeed for a little while longer.....ahhhh I can hear the screams. He has drawn the line that he is not on the "mollah's" side and wants to do his own thing. he can then put the mollah's out of business. but history has proven that dictators such as him don't remain in power regardless of how much brutality and force they use. people of iran have learned that they can raise together and they will succeed. they can then over thrown king ahmadinejad. this war between him and the mollah's needs to continue until they are all weak, thus true democracy can be established. otherwise its back to old business of mollah's in charge.

Shawn m / July 29, 2009 5:12 PM

NO! Ahmadinejad is the President. Respect him - Obama does.

Radical Guy / July 29, 2009 9:53 PM

Now the end is near for the Ahmadinejad, Khamenei, the mullahs, IRGC, Basijis...this crazy theocratic government.


I agree too for the separation of government and religion.


Iranians, be inspired...

shetty / July 29, 2009 9:58 PM

He & Khamenei can have my vote any day...for both of them to go...preferably to "Hell"!

v.gerrard / July 29, 2009 11:06 PM

Shawn M - you nailed it! Democracy is needed, not more theocracy...separation of church and state. Otherwise, in place of one "supreme", they will end up with "three supremes". Different set of pigs, same trough.

ditap / July 29, 2009 11:16 PM

Ahmadinejad is just the front man for the real power behind the vote coup: IRGC. The whole lot of them must go if Iran wants to be a sovereign democratic country. Otherwise it is in the thrall of dark ages and third world backwardness.


In any case, Ahmadinejad won't last until the end of the summer at most. I bet Khamenei will sacrifice him like a pawn if pressure gets to the point where the leader decides to do so to save his own throne.

Mani / July 30, 2009 2:15 AM

To our sisters and brothers inside and outside Iran ORGANIZE MOBILIZE EDUCATE, the road ahead is long and the struggle has just started.Do not be simple minded .The Iranian nation has many enemies. Beware of the wolvs in sheeps clothing!

Ben Khezri / July 30, 2009 3:10 AM

Nobody really ever knows what's going on in Iran. There's a lot of possible explanations, but in a country where the major shifts and deal-brokering seem to happen behind the scenes they are always just guess-work. I still am not sure what's really going on in the government there. However, it's clear that the people are tired of this situation and want real democracy and freedom.

shekamoo / July 30, 2009 7:46 PM