June 24, 2009

BE SHI'A:

Iran: Qom's Senior Clerics Pushing for Compromise (Manal Lutfi, 6/24/09, Asharq Alawasat)

Amid pressures and nonstop consultations behind the scenes between senior officials in the Islamic Republic of Iran, at the head of them Assembly of Experts Chairman Hashemi-Rafsanjani, and the sources of emulation and ayatollahs in Qom, Iran's Supreme Guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed to the Guardian Council's request to extend the period for examining the election-related complaints for five more days.

This development came as informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the senior sources of emulation in Qom were exerting pressures on the authorities in Tehran to search for a compromise to the current political crisis shaking Iran. They said a delegation from the Guardian Council's members visited the religious leaders and ayatollahs in Qom to get their public support for the legitimacy of the election and the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term. But an Iranian source told Asharq Al-Awsat: "But praise be to God, the sources of emulation did not support the demands" of the Guardian Council and added that many of the sources of emulation in Qom formed a "neutral" voice during this crisis and because of their tendency to remain "above politics" can play an important role during the crisis shaking Iran.

An Iranian source talked about reports to the effect that around 50 of the sources of emulation, ayatollahs, and clerics in Qom sent messages to Ayatollah Khamenei urging him to look into the complaints of the reformists and examine the reported violations.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2009 11:53 AM
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