Being under tremendous pressure, both at home and abroad, the Iranian regime needs to hold its farce of parliamentary elections on February 21 to stage its supposed "democratic" image. As the date approaches, for fear of an unprecedented boycott, regime officials continue to advocate for people's participation.
The massive disqualification of the members of the regime president's faction, Hasan Rouhani, by the Guardian Council, which is directly under the control of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has made the Rouhani faction (which has actively participated in all the crimes of the regime) openly question the elections.
Rouhani, on the one hand, called the elections of the regime "selections", on the other hand, he begged the Iranian people to participate, since he needs legitimacy for the regime as much as Khamenei.
On Friday, Ebrahim Raisi, the head of the regime's judiciary said in this regard: "Anyone who questions the elections is in front of the enemy," trying to minimize the facts revealed during the internal struggles of the regime that prove the corruption that underlies The policies of the regime. However, Raisi's comments also expose the sensitive importance of the elections in the current state of the regime.
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THE DESPERATE ORDER OF KHAMENEI
Khamenei has openly begged people to participate in the elections.
While demonstrating the need for his regime of great popular participation in the elections, Khamenei said: “First, the elections, guarantee the security of the country if all people participate in the elections. Why? Because the enemies that threaten the country fear more popular support than our weapons; Yes, they also fear our missiles, but they fear more the elections. Participating in the elections shows popular support and that provides security. "
"Secondly, it shows the strength of the people," Khamenei added, while admitting that "there are problems in the country" and that "our failures have caused problems for people and have some objections." However, he expects people to participate in the elections to show the "determination, power and vision of the people," which essentially translates into "support for the regime."
He blatantly called the regime's farce of elections "the most honest elections in the world," and asked for participation and said: "Some may not like it, but they should vote for the good of the country's prestige and security."
Khamenei's comments were an unprecedented admission of public abhorrence towards the entire regime. The Iranian people have clearly shown their willingness to change the regime in Iran during national protests in November and January by singing slogans such as "Death to Khamenei," "Khamenei, resignation" and "We do not want the Islamic Republic." Among the protesters were also supporters of the Iranian resistance organization, MEK Iran. Other songs against the regime that had been considered taboo and severely punished by the regime are now being openly sung by protesters across the country.
Therefore, on the internal front, the regime faces an exacerbated existential crisis as the Iranian people move forward in their quest for regime change. Khamenei needs to present a show of popular support, both to lift the diminishing spirits of his troops and to prepare the ground to continue oppressing the manifestations of the people, who are becoming increasingly numerous and are full of people every day.
THE FOREIGN CRISIS OF THE REGIME
While Khamenei desperately tries to unite his regime in the midst of the growing internal crisis, he has to deal with the growing international isolation of the regime. With the appeasement policy coming to an end, the regime faces increasing pressure on its illicit and warmongering activities, such as the development of ballistic and nuclear weapons, violent interference in neighboring countries and the financing of terrorism throughout the world.
The unprecedented sanctions on the regime, which have limited its financing of terrorism, have restricted the regime's strategy of exporting terrorism and crises abroad, which have long defined the pillars of its existence. The regime desperately tries to put European countries on its side to gain legitimacy in its confrontation with the international community, such as the recent unsuccessful visit of Josep Borrell, the main diplomat of the European Union to Tehran. Members of the different factions of the regime see the elections as an opportunity to gain greater participation of power and plunder the country's resources.
Meanwhile, the regime's Guardian Council has carried out a general disqualification of rival candidates, which has led to disputes among officials, which in turn has led to the revelation of many facts about how the elections are held. Deputy Mahmoud Sadeghi of the Rouhani faction revealed new cases of bribery and collusion in the process of investigating Majlis candidates last week, tweeting: “In this round of elections, intermediaries have sometimes demanded up to 40 1 billion rials (about $ 300,000) [to ensure the candidate is approved] What a parliament it will be!”
The growing internal struggles of the regime weaken it in its entirety, paving the way for more protests nationwide by the Iranian people, many of which are supporters of MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq). The Iranian people are willing to change a regime that has brought them nothing but war, chaos, poverty and social injustice. They have rejected any possibility of internal reform singing "reformist, hard-line, the game is over" and their real vote is for regime change.
In a nutshell, Khamenei is at a standstill because it needs a democratic facade for both its internal and external policies, while its regime has no capacity to adopt any democratic procedure.