Recent Presidential Election in Iran


Shortly after the results of the June Presidential election in Iran was announced, Akhbar-Rooz interviewed, among others, cde Omidvar about the assessment of Tudeh Party of Iran on the election


About the result of the election, cde Omidvar said: “...The disastrous policies of the Ahmadinejad administration and the macroeconomic orientation of the Islamic Republic, which is directly dictated to governments by the Supreme Leader and his economic advisors, besides the intervening and inhumane sanctions of imperialist states, overall created such a harsh circumstance for tens of millions of Iranians that our society was heading towards a serious social revolt. Implementing policies that protect the interests of grand mercantile bourgeoisie and bureaucratic bourgeoisie, strong dominance of commanders of the Guards Corps and other security and police forces over the critical economic arteries of the country against the interests of an overwhelming majority of the working people of Iran, has had dreadful impacts on the society. 3-million unemployed and jobless, tens of millions living under the line of poverty, uncontrolled inflation, devaluation of the national currency “Rial” against foreign currency that has had straight impact on the price hiking and reduction of purchasing power of people, bankruptcy of manufacturing sector, unprecedented widening of the gap between the rich and the poor, and isolation of Iran in the international scene, include some of the indications of the serious crisis that Iran was faced with in the weeks leading to the June presidential election. Based on this analysis, it is clear that the overwhelming majority of the people of Iran wanted a change in the existing policies and the governance practices in Iran...

The fact to consider is that the nature of the Supreme Leadership regime has not changed. If this regime was willing and capable of conceding to the will and election of people, would have not perpetrated the violent and bloodied coup against the 2009 Presidential election... Under the circumstances that the regime did not allow any of the figures or leaders of the reform movement, and not even Hashemi Rafsanjani, participate in the election, we see the 18-million-strong vote of people to Mr. Rowhani not as a vote to him, but a vote for fundamental economic, political, and social changes. The engineered election of June 2013 can become a real victory of the people only when the vast social force that came to the scene during the election and voted for change, stays in the scene, organizes itself, and fortifies its social pressure for change.”

In response to the question “why Hassan Rowhani was qualified” by the Council of Guardians, comrade Omidvar said: “...Qualification of Mr. Rowhani by the Council of Guardians should not be surprising for anyone. Mr. Rowhani has been directly appointed representative of Khamenei [Supreme Leader] for many years [in the National Security Council] and it was obvious that he would be in the approved list.”

Comrade Omidvar was asked if Mr. Rowhani was the symbol of change in the policy of the regime. He said: “...Clearly it is expected that in some areas, such as and particularly in foreign policy of the regime, steps would be taken towards normalizing the relations with the West to alleviate pressures and lift the economic sanctions... Obviously we will support any policy whose goal would be detente in the extremely critical situation in the region and lifting of economic sanctions whose burden is first and foremost on the shoulder of the working people. With Mr. Rowhani’s administration in office, and without the organized pressure of social forces from below, one could not have high hopes for fundamental and essential changes at current circumstances... Even during the reform government [of Mr. Khatami] in office and the reformist- dominated parliament, unfortunately no serious and fundamental steps were taken towards changes in the orientation of macro policies of the state and moving toward social justice, and this was one of the issues that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with his demagogic slogans for justice and bringing the oil money to people’s table, took advantage of during the 2005 Presidential election.”

On the matter of social democratic rights cde Omidvar said: “The demand for immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscious and political prisoners, ending the house arrest of Mr. Mousavi, Mr. Karrubi and Mrs. Rahnavard [detained during disputed 2009 Presidential election], recognizing the right to assemble and organize for labour unions and other social and trade organizations, ending the suppression atmosphere and discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities, moving towards relieving back- breaking economic pressures from the shoulders of workers and working people have been and are undoubtedly among the core demands of the popular movement. Any thought about realization of these demands within the framework of Mr. Rowhani’s administration and continued existence of the Supreme Leadership regime, without a broad and organized and politically structured struggle, would be an unrealistic thought.”

When asked about how the elected President could be pressured by the people, comrade Omidvar explained: “We have always believed and continue to believe that the people are the main driving force in advancing the society forward. The experiences of the contemporary history of our country... and the social struggles in the recent two decades prove that whenever the people came to the scene organized and with specific demands and struggle slogans, they have been able to impose their demands on the ruling reactionaries... The reality is that there is still a long way ahead of achieving such social movement and readiness based on which fundamental developments could be made. The dialectic of social movement teaches us that with realism, patience and avoiding volunteeristic per ceptions, efforts must be made, using a concrete and minimum [common denominator] political-struggle program, in order to gather the broadest change-seeking forces and to challenge the present regime, which has ample military, economic and political resources.”

Regarding the release of the leaders of the Green Movement, cde Omidvar pointed out that “...In response to a question about ending the house arrest of Mr. Mousave, Mr. Karrubi and Mrs. Zahra Rahnavard, Mr. Rowhani suggested that decision about this issue was beyond the means of Executive branch of power, and mentioned that this matter could only be realized through collaboration of the 3 branches of power and naturally the final approval of the Supreme Leader.” Comrade Omidvar concluded the interview by saying that “both those who did not vote in the election (e.g. close to 50% of Tehran’s population) and those 18 millions who voted for Mr. Rowhani, undoubtedly plea for the end of the current disastrous situation and demand fundamental changes... The way out of the current disaster is the joint and organized struggle of all those who desire to move towards social justice and realization of democratic rights and freedoms. Any and every effort has to be made to make this happen.”