Khamenei's new offensive against rival factions; power struggle escalates within clerical regime

In yet another offensive today, Khamenei's faction tried to strike a blow against its rival factions.

192 members of the mullahs' Majlis wrote a letter to Khamenei today saying his message had "shed light and removed the obstacles." Following the escalation of feuding within the clerical regime with the imprisonment of Gholam Hossein Karbaschi, the former mayor of Tehran, Khamenei issued a statement yesterday confirming his condemnation.

The 192 deputies declared that "they are [religiously] obligated to follow the orders of the vali-e faqih," the supreme jurisprudent and leader.

Also, a number of officials and organs affiliated with the Judiciary made interviews and issued statements last night supporting Karbaschi's condemnation. They stressed that the sentence accorded to Karbaschi was much less than the crimes he had committed.

146 members of the clerical regime's Majlis sent a letter to Khamenei yesterday, urging him to intervene and resolve the Karbaschi affair. Earlier, Rafsanjani and Khatami issued messages regretting the imprisonment of Karbaschi and called for his freedom. Contrary to the expectations of Khamenei's faction, the mullahs' Majlis opposed the motion for the impeachment of Khatami's Minister of Guidance, last week.

There are no prospects for an end to the contentions and conflicts of recent days within the ruling clique and the Majlis. Simultaneous with the expansion of the activities and operations of the Iranian Resistance and the protests and uprisings all across the country, such feuding expedites the overthrow of the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran adopted a resolution in its eight-day session mid-April, in which it declared that "the clerical regime is in the stage of being overthrown. The unraveling of the regime after its leadership became a troika has more than ever before activated the social base of the organized resistance movement and this, in conjunction with the NCR, has sounded the death knells for the mullahs' regime."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 12, 1999

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