Iranian reformists: Wilayat al- Faqih ideology contradicts concept of a republic
Two prominent Iranian reformists, Abu al-Fadl Quidani, and Reza Rajai, who were imprisoned in recent years, issued a statement stressing that the Wilayat al-Faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist) ideology contradicts the concept of a republic. They highlight the importance of embracing the principal of a republic in Iran.
“The Iranian regime, in its current situation, is facing various disasters ranging from social, economic, and political levels. At this point, it is unable to heal the wounds of society by masking these issues with cold-hearted role-play, and false portrayals of confidence,” the statement said.
“The Iranian revolution of 1979 acknowledged the Iranian people’s aspirations, and how they sought for a republican system that thrives from the strength of its nation. The revolution prevailed as a success however; incorporating the Wilayat al-Faqih principles in Iran’s constitution, contradicts the concept of a republic”
The statement added that, “the Iranian regime’s current structure allows powers to loot the country’s wealth, and exploit its economy for their own political interests. This cannot be in line with the concept of a free, democratic republic, which guarantees the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, and advocates freedom of press”
The statement continued: “A certain class of people with a misinterpretation of Islam impose their will on the people. It is those people who make up the Iranian authority; a minority ruling the majority”
“The extreme transformation occurred after the revolution- a false definition of a republic emerged, paving the way for the principles of Wilayat al-Faqih to be constitutionalized. Since then (in the early establishment of the Iranian Islamic Republic), the structure has gone askew, leading to problems which our society suffers from today”
Iran witnessed a recent outbreak of demonstrations and protests in several Iranian cities, which consisted of hundreds shouting slogans such as “Death to the dictator” and “Death to the leader of Faqih”. This triggered political figures, both in and out of Iran, to criticize Iran’s Supreme Leader who has absolute control of the country.