London- With 48 hours left for the Iranian parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, mass media in Iran has not seized broadcasting mutual accusations among politicians and responsible officials. Executives close to the Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader’s office, after his Wednesday speech, prompted the accusation on Britain interfering in Iranian elections.
Current electoral atmosphere in Iran features tense, careful and anxious gusts among the public opinion. Reports display a sizable loss in voting appetite among people after disappointment and pessimism taking over when prominent figureheads had their candidacy appropriated. Even as the public situation is being compromised, politicians and parties in Iran still carried on with their retaliations and claims.
Government Spokesman in Iran Mohammed Reda Nobakht, on Feb.23, responded to allegations going as far as pointing fingers against electoral poles receiving British support, saying “it is definite that we do not have a British roster running”.
Accusing candidates, after their qualification, is considered offensive to the Guardian Council which approved their candidacy requests after them meeting specific conditions.
The Iranian Parliamentary Presidential Advisor also criticized the “vandalism campaign” against candidates and considered these acts as illegal violations. Rouhani’s advisor described the accusations on British support as a “bitter joke”, especially after candidates succeeded difficultly before the Guardian Council.
Gen. Masoud Jazayeri of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard considered that the silence the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran is casting on the subject of allegations to be “suspicious”. Jazayeri slammed British intervention in Iranian elections and requested that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs puts an end to the intervention. “Keeping quiet is the devils speech”, Jazayeri added.
Commander of Iran’s Basij Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said that Britain wants to establish a parliament in Iran that could inhibit Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani’s presence in Syria and keep him in Tehran. Naqdi blasted through the relationship between Rouhani’s administration and the U.S. and said that the two-year interaction with the U.S. resulted in a setback on all scientific, economic and social spheres in Iran.
Iranians, over the past couple of days, launched a social media campaign which enraged a broad spectrum of officials and Ali Khamenei especially. The movement rolled the drums against candidates supported by Khamenei, chiefly Ayatollah Jannati, who is running for a seat at the Assembly of Experts.
The Assembly of Experts is an authoritative body comprising of 88 clerics and is constitutionally missioned to elect the Supreme Leader of Iran. Social media campaigns also focused on going against certain clerics who are believed to influence the Iranian decision-making process.