Rafsanjani: Majlis, EC approvals must be implemented

TEHRAN, Sept. 14 (MNA) – The ratifications of the Majlis, the Guardian Council and the Expediency Council must be implemented, said Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani at the opening session of the Assembly of Experts on Tuesday.

Rafsanjani also said the Supreme Leader’s remarks about the implementation of Article 44 and the 20-Year Outlook Plan - which have been drawn up by the Expediency Council and endorsed by the Supreme Leader - must be regarded “above law”.

Disregard to law is a dictatorship

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani said disrespect to law will lead to “dictatorship”.

“Disregard to law, means dictatorship,” said Rafsanjani who is both the chairman of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts.

Headstrong movements are like poison

The former president went on to say that the current headstrong movements in the country are like a “poison”, urging all to abide by the law to prevent discord among the nation.

Rafsanjani also warned that some persons seek to deal a blow to the core of the Islamic system.

He said some misinterpret the Leader’s slogan of “maximum attraction and minimum alienation”, a reference to the stated policy of the Islamic Republic system to win the hearts and minds of people as much as possible and avoiding disenfranchise them to the extent possible.

Moreover, Rafsanjani cited Velayat-e-Faqih (rule of supreme jurisprudence) and clerics as main assets to the country that have to be highly valued.

Quran desecration intended to create Muslim-Christian rift

Commenting on the desecration of Quran in the United States on the anniversary of September 11, the cleric politician noted such moves are intended to create frictions between Muslims and Christians, calling it a “big danger”.

Sanctions must not be downplayed

Rafsanjani also warned officials not to consider sanctions against the country as a “joke”.

“During the (years after) revolution, we have never had so many sanctions and I urge all officials to take them seriously and not as jokes,” he stated.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani expressed hope that Iran will “weather the storm of crisis” if it utilizes its potential in a proper way.


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