Lecturer and political affairs analyst, Sadegh Zibakalam, claims that since power is held by the conservative principlists, they will oppose any reformist leader. Zibakalem says that he accepted the bitter reality a long time ago: no matter how many votes the reformists receive, they will not take control of the executive branch. He further claims that the reformists should accept the reality and support one of the conservative candidates whose positions are closest to their own and who can effect change. Zibakalem says that he had supported the candidacy of Nateq Nouri, but because he is not part of the race for some reason and after the disqualification of Rafsanjani, he now views Hassan Rouhani as a worthy alternative whom the Reformists should agree upon. Advisors and citizens should pressure Hashemi and Khatami to publicly support Hassan Rouhani. In light of the conservatives’ control of the centers of power, the struggle for democracy will be difficult. In the absence of Khatami and Hashemi, Rouhani is the ideal option for the reformists. Zibakalem expressed opposition to boycott of the elections by the reformists, saying that it is the national and patriotic duty of Hashemi and Khatami and all other reformist officials to stop speculating and express support of Rouhani. Otherwise, Jalili’s election to the presidency will leave the reformists with no right to protest or criticize, because they themselves will be responsible for the situation.
Sadegh Zibakalam: Hassan Rouhani is the reformists’ only alternative
- Published: 2 years ago on Tuesday, 4 June 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: June 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
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