Parliament elections will be under way in less than a month. Eventhough the Guardian Council claims it has approved many of the disqualified reformists, the spokesperson for the reformist coalition has indicated that they can compete in only 60 out of 290seats of the Parliament. This means that up to now the competition will be relatively unfair and unbalanced. There is still some hope that more reformist candidates will be approved.
True followers of Imam Khomeini are concerned.. They believe his version of an Islamic Republic is being seriously distorted by narrow-minded people who are very backward in their interpretations of Islam and the Revolution. Imam was very concerned about those who may use religion to promote their base and selfish interests. In his final will , Imam considers the danger of backwardness to be as devastating as the danger of imperialism and foreign hegemony. Unfortunately some of what is said and done today in the name of the Islamic Revolution is not in line with those principles. I hope some of the criticism that has surfaced in the media , and through the minority in the Parliament, is effective in changing this trend.
Ayatollah Tavasoli , a close companion of Imam Khomeini died today during a heart attack in a session of the Expediency Council. This news deeply saddened the friends of Imam and the reformists who knew the strong relationship he had maintained during all these years with Mr. Khatami.
Today what we need in Iran, more than anything else, is unity and close cooperation between factions within the country to ensure a healty and fair election process. We need to demonstrate the effectiveness of the democratic process in Iran, however difficult it may seem.