- FM Javad Zarif acknowledged that on foreign policy he acted under the chief terrorist, Qassem Soleimani’s guidance
- Parliament deputy Naghd-Ali: There must be a trial to prosecute not only Zarif but also Rouhani for treason. Let us commence the Rouhani’s impeachment today
As the factional feuding escalates within the regime, several parliament deputies called for questioning Hassan Rouhani, and even called for his impeachment, during Javad Zarif‘s appearance at the parliament, Seyed Naser Mousavi Largani, member of the parliament presidium, told the IRGC affiliated news agency, Fars on Saturday, July 5, “The motion to question Rouhani has been signed by 200 deputies so far, and we expect to have more signatures.”
During the same session, while referring to Zarif, Mohammad-Taghi Naghd-Ali, a deputy from Sedeh (Khomeyni-Shahr) said, “Although there are countless questions to put to Zarif, there should be a judge and a trial to prosecute not only Zarif but also Mr. Rouhani for committing treason against the nation. I submit to you, Mr. [Mohammad Baqer] Ghalibaf (the parliament speaker), that the road map that the parliament has chosen will not get us anywhere! To sit here and listen to the nonsense of some Ministers is fruitless… We can no longer cope with the (skyrocketing) dollar’s exchange rate of 21,000 tomans, Gold coin price of 10 million tomans, and the price of chicken being 20,000 tomans. These are the result of the policies of Rouhani and his team in the past seven years. Mr. Ghalibaf it’s a waste of time seating and listening to the Ministers’ pointless words. Let us commence the President’s impeachment.”
Meanwhile, Ahmad Tavakoli, a member of the Expediency Council, told the state-run website, Alef, “There is nothing wrong with the President coming to the parliament and giving logical answers to the deputies questions … However, I agree more with Rouhani being impeached. The President is taking the country to the verge of collapse. Any country may face a currency crisis; the devaluation of its national currency usually bears down between 25 to 50 percent, but in Iran, the situation is catastrophic. From April 10, 2018, to late-August of the same year, by injecting money into the market, the government wasted $18 billion with the exchange rate of 4,200 tomans as well as 65 tons of gold, under the guise of providing basic goods and needs of society.”
Addressing Zarif, ” Mojtaba Zonnour,” the head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Parliament, said: “You are not the only one that I am addressing today. I am also addressing the head of the state (Rouhani). The first point is that from the outset, the goals and objectives of our Foreign Policy were set erroneously. You set the priorities backward. Why did you leave the region under the guise of negotiations over the (past) three years?”
Gholamhossein Karami, another parliament deputy, told Zarif: “What has happened has been the result of your policies or the revolutionary thinking of the resistance? Was it the result of your efforts or Qassem Soleimani’s? Can you name an area where Mr. Rouhani’s government’s theories have not set the country back?
In response, Zarif assured the deputies that the regime’s foreign policy was entirely under the control of Khamenei and the likes of Qassem Soleimani, adding, “Foreign policy in the constitution is within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Leader (Khamenei), and he determines the macro Foreign Policies of the country.” He added, “Qassem Soleimani and I used to meet and coordinate every week. Together we coordinated the regional issues. Those who knew him (Soleimani) and knew and had relations with Hassan Nasrallah and the Iraqi, Lebanese and Palestinian resistance, know how our relations were.”
The escalation of the infighting within the regime is, first and foremost, a reflection of the incurable crises of an illegitimate and unpopular dictatorship on the brink of collapse.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
July 7, 2020