Reinstating Nateq-Nouri as Majlis speaker rejects any possibility for change

Today's vote in the mullahs' Majlis, confirming Nateq-Nouri as the speaker and Movahedi Kermani, Khamenei's representative in the Pasdaran (the Revolutionary Guards Corps) as his deputy, again rendered hollow any illusions about change within the clerical regime.

National Council of Resistance President Massoud Rajavi said: One after the other, various observers are growing skeptical over the participation of 29 million people in the elections, describing it as inflated by 300 to 400%.

Reinstating the Majlis's leadership clearly shows that despite propaganda by some western circles, internal suppression and export of terrorism will remain as the clerical regime's main pillars. Khatami neither wants nor can he institute the slightest reform within the ruling theocracy. Any real change will only come with the overthrow of the regime in its totality and the coming to power of the sole democratic alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Mr. Rajavi said.

The NCR President added: The wave of propaganda at the international level about Khatami's moderation and the expectations around this matter terrified the clerical regime over losing control altogether. It had therefore no choice but to reinstate Nateq-Nouri, who, as the only candidate, was elected by 211 votes. Any hope toward "an opening" and any kind of "democratic process" under the Velayat-e Faqih theocracy is but a mirage.

He stressed: Nateq-Nouri's reelection and Khamenei's efforts to exert control over the Majlis, will subsequently aggravate feuding and hostility within the regime's different factions and organs.

With Nateq-Nouri at the helm, the mullahs' Majlis adopted the laws on medieval punishments. After his election last year, Nateq-Nouri stressed that the Salman Rushdie problem would be resolved only if the fatwa to murder him were implemented.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
June 1, 1997

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