Khatami attacks Rouhani, accuses of him of turning against reformers

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Former Iranian President and reformist leader Mohammad Khatami has launched a strong attack on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, accusing him of turning against his allies. Khatami said that reformers helped Rouhani retain power while he turned against them to improve his relations with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the hardliners.

According to Jahannews website, during the coordinating committee’s meeting for the movement, Khatimi criticized President Rouhani and said: “He [Rouhani] has started speaking in the language of final command after the death of Rafsanjani.”

The reformist leader also noted that Rouhani has “backed out on pre-election promises, and has now chosen to end any contact with us. He also doesn’t reply to our calls.”

“We are now forced to speak to him through mediations, sometimes through his deputy Jahangiri, and sometimes through Foreign Minister Zarif,” he added. According to Khatimi, Rouhani only wanted to take advantage of the reformers during the elections.

Similarly, Khatimi expects Rouhani to completely cut all ties with the reformists after he wins his government’s trust, said a government representative. Rouhani aims to make this government as non-partisan and includes hardliners, added the representative.

The Shoura Council

The differences between the two started when the President of the Supreme Council for Policies in the reformist movement, Mohammad Reza Aref, urged the Iranian president to coordinate with a group in the Shoura Council (parliament) in order to gain confidence in the government’s new structure.

However, according to reformists’ sources, which accused the Iranian president of abandoning his electoral promises, Rouhani set his allies aside and pursued closer ties with Khamenei and the leaders of the revolutionary guard.

The reformist sources also claimed that Rouhani has submitted to the Supreme Leader, the Revolutionary Guards and the hardliners, in spite of his clear electoral victory, which would not have been possible without the reformist movement’s support.

The ceremony inaugurating Hassan Rouhani’s second term as Iranian President is set to take place on Thursday, August 3. Then, Rouhani will have two weeks to produce the names of his ministers after performing his constitutional oath.

Following this, deputies of the Shoura Council will assess the eligibility of ministers within 10 days.