Thursday, July 02, 2009

Clerics' perspectives on the Iranian elections

Cleric Tells RFE/RL Many Religious Figures Critical Of Election Results - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2009: "Ayazi: If you look now, with the exception of a few clerics who have ties with the government, the majority of clerics have not issued any statements in support and confirmation of the election results. Ayatollah Safi, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, Ayatollah Zanjani, and Ayatollah Montazeri and other figures have not only not confirmed the election results, but have made explicit or implicit comments and expressed their protests. The degree of their stances and condemnation have been different but what I want to say is that there are no real divisions. We have a group of clerics that are backed by the establishment and another group of independent clerics. The independent clerics have expressed their [critical] stances toward the election."

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