Mar. 1, 2016
As Media Calls Iran Elections a Win for Moderates, Iranian Hardliners Celebrate – Adam Kredo
As the names of those who won in Iran’s elections emerge, experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Israel Project say hardline extremists will continue to control the Iranian government. Mohammad Reyshahri, a former intelligence minister who was elected to the Assembly of Experts, is accused of organizing the murder of scores of political prisoners. Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, another election winner and former intelligence minister, also is believed to be behind the killing of Iranian dissidents. Both were backed by hardliners and reformists.
Ali Movahedi-Kermani, a radical Iranian cleric who received support from Iran’s moderate factions, has threatened to “trample upon America,” as well as bomb U.S. and Israeli interests. Mohammed Emami-Kashani, another radical cleric who won a seat with the backing of moderates, has blamed the U.S. and Israel for creating al-Qaeda. Another winner was Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabaeenejad, a religious radical backed by reformists, who has called on civilians to use violence to enforce strict dress codes for women.
Leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have praised the election results as a sign that the country remains committed to revolution. (Washington Free Beacon)