Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns of further sanctions against Russia

    Read more

  • Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • IMF stands behind Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Chelsea’s Torres set for AC Milan switch

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Switching gears, cleric Rafsanjani urges support for supreme leader

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-23

In an apparent reversal, powerful cleric and opposition supporter Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (photo) is urging Iranians to obey supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after previously distancing himself from Khamenei following a disputed June 12 vote.

AFP - Powerful cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani urged Iran's warring political groups on Saturday to follow the orders of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for ending the present political turmoil.
   
In his first such statement in direct support of Khamenei since the June 12 election, the former president said "the current situation needs everyone to observe the leader's decrees and advice," Iranian news agencies reported.
   
Rafsanjani was speaking at the start of a meeting of Iran's top political arbitration body, the Expediency Council, which he heads.
   
He urged the bitterly divided groups to create "appropriate conditions to act and commit to the constitution ... and confront law breakers, whatever their ideological leanings."
   
A supporter of the opposition, Rafsanjani distanced himself from Khamenei in a Friday prayer sermon last month and said the election had triggered a "crisis" in the country.
   
His comments, which came after a month of street protests marred by violence, were seen as a defiant stance in contradiction to the one adopted by Khamenei, who publicly defended Ahmadinejad's victory.
   
On Saturday, Rafsanjani called for the current "excited and emotional atmosphere" to be replaced by a "wise one."
   
He said authorities must follow Khamenei's advice also on the issue of political detainees jailed in the aftermath of the election.
   
"The way out of the current situation is commitment to the leader's advice on detainees of recent events and retrieving the rights of those whose rights have been violated," he said.
   
Opposition leaders, mainly defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, have charged that detainees have been raped, tortured and beaten in prisons.
   
The authorities have dismissed these allegations, but closed a detention centre south of Tehran following orders from Khamenei.
   
Rafsanjani also reiterated a previous call for the media to avoid fuelling "disunity" in society.
 

Date created : 2009-08-23

COMMENT(S)