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Khomeini’s Grandson: No Guarantee for Regime Survival

Khomeini’s Grandson: No Guarantee for Regime Survival

Sunday, 30 December, 2018 - 10:00
Khomeini’s grandson Hassan. (Reuters)
London – Adil Al-Salmi
Khomeini’s grandson, Hassan, said Saturday that there’s no guarantees for Iranian officials to stay in power, indicating fears of decline in public satisfaction with the survival of the current regime.

But far from commenting on the internal situation, Hassan Khomeini's comments implicitly implied a recent speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in which he warned that countries that have been criticizing his regional policies will "collapse."

He clearly pointed to the growing public discontent with the deterioration of the living situation, reported the Jamaran website.

He stressed the need to win the support of the people, noting that “communities are built on the basis of consensus.

Dividing society constantly and spreading hatred and hypocrisy constantly, forces individuals into dual personality, pushing them away from honesty.

“All these factors indicate that unpleasant consequences await governments.”

Hassan Khomeini also sent a message to senior Iranian officials, saying that the foundations of human behavior and reasons for survival and fall must be understood in order to take them into account.

“Otherwise, there is no guarantee that we will stay and others will leave. If you don’t observe the rules, you will lose the public,” he said.

His comments were made three days after Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, warned in an interview that the regime her late father helped establish some 40 years ago is weakened and could someday collapse.

She said that "intimidation" and "fear" were the main things propping up the regime.

She also talked about a breakdown of principles, explaining that there has not been a physical collapse, but she sees that as very likely.

“In every segment of society groups of activists are in jail, from workers to teachers, truck drivers, women's rights activists, environmentalists, students..., [those involved in economic activities] and citizens who are either in jail or have been sentenced to jail," she stressed.

This was not the first time she speaks about the possibility of the regime’s collapse as she said in June that international pressures faced by the regime are not related to the nuclear deal.

Instead, Faezeh Hashemi said it is the result of its foreign policy, including in Syria and Yemen and the nature of its relations with regional countries and the United States.

She accused Iran's top officials of "misleading" the people instead of addressing the root of the issue, citing Iran's international standing as a result of huge spending on regional policies.

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