Saturday, September 01, 2007

Iran: New Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Leader Appointed by Supreme Leader Decree

This event illustrates exactly where the power lies in Iran. From IRIB:
Islamic Revolution Leader and Chief Commander of the Armed Forces, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a decree issued Saturday appointed a new commander for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari was appointed as the new commander of IRGC. He was also promoted to Major General by the Islamic Revolution Leader. General Jafari was commander of IRGC's ground forces.

IR Leader, in his decree, pointed to General Jafari's brilliant background in the armed forces in different stages.

In a separate decree, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi as his senior advisor and assistant in military affairs. General Safavi was the commander of IRGC.
Blogger Kamangir also offers a report which is revealing about power in Iran:
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s 688-page memoir was just confiscated and collected from all bookstores . . . . The reason is a quote in the page 173 of the book where Rafsanjani writes “an MP suggested quiting the slogan ‘Death to America and USSR’, I said, we have already made that decision and Imam [Khomeini] supports it as well. We are waiting for the proper time.” The book, which carried the title “Towards Fate”, is banned a few days after Ahmadinejad stated “Complete freedom exists in Iran and all individuals and groups can express their ideas”. . . . When a person like Rafsanjani is shut up, no wonder others are imprisoned.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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