Larijani Preparing for the Presidency?

Two years after the controversial presidential election of 2009 and at the height of the differences between Ahmadinejad and ayatollah Khamenei, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani spoke with reporters and stressed his and Majlis’s absolute obedience to the leader and said that velayate faghih (i.e., rule of clerics) was the “outstanding” feature of the Islamic republic. He also criticized Ahmadinejad’s administration and said “demonstrations” and “protests” were people rightful rights.

Speaking to Fars news agency, Larijani stressed on ayatollah Khamenei’s role in Majlis’s decision-making process. “In my opinion our (political) system has an outstanding center called velayate faghih and if during the different periods of time not enough attention was paid to this position, during the imam’s (i.e., Khomeini) presence and that of grand ayatollah Khamenei, then the country would suffer.”

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