After Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani promised at his Sunday inauguration that his new Government of “Hope and Prudence” would be characterized by “moderation at the basis of its management”, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani — has signalled support for Rouhani’s proposed Cabinet.
Larijani pledged that Parliament would “have all-out amicable cooperation with the new administration” and called on the three branches of government to remain vigilant in order to fulfill “national resistance”.
If he is to succeed in his political and economic program to “meet the demands of the people”, as he declared this weekend, Rouhani will need the backing of both Ali Larijani and his brother, judiciary chief Sadegh Larijani.
The new President is all too aware of the consequences for his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he made enemies of the Larijanis. Under his leadership, Parliament was hostile to Ahmadinejad for most of his second term, blocking his key economic proposals, delaying his Government budgets, and threatening to impeach his Minister. In February, for example, Parliament dismissed Minister of Labor Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, sparking Ahmadinejad’s public accusation of the Larijani family of corruption.
Rouhani has taken great care to gain Ali Larijani’s support, laying the groundwork by making a heavily-publicized visit to the Speaker, just one day after his election victory in June, to discuss “cooperation between the [new] administration and the Parliament”.
Nasim Online reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, replaced as President on Saturday, has found a new job — the Supreme Leader has appointed him to the Expediency Council, which reviews relations between the three branches of Government.
The new post could lead to some interesting discussions: the chairman of the Expediency Council is Ahmaidnejad’s rival, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani.
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