Iranian elites rally behind IRGC after US terrorist designation

Al Monitor – A day after being designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the Donald Trump administration, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is receiving a wave of support from home. The widespread backing from a commonly fractured elite notably came even from those who traditionally harbor striking differences with the powerful organization.

In an unprecedented gesture of solidarity, parliamentarians including speaker Ali Larijani and Reformist majority leader Mohammad Reza Aref appeared in the IRGC’s green uniforms in an early morning session March 9. Of particular note, outspoken IRGC critic Mahmoud Sadeghi — another Reformist parliament member — also joined the gesture by donning IRGC fatigues.

“Despite all the differences over domestic issues, we stand united in solidarity with our armed forces against the irrational foreign enemy,” tweeted Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, a senior Reformist figure, signaling that support for the IRGC under current conditions goes well beyond the partisan divide.

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