IRGC-affiliated newspaper accuses Rouhani of attacking candidates
Thursday’s edition of the hard-line Javanese newspaper affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard featured two articles responding to President Hassan Rouhani’s criticism of presidential candidates for their attacks on his administration’s performance.
At a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani sarcastically accused that the five hard-line candidates chosen by the Guardian Council were “Martians” who didn’t know much about the state of affairs in Iran. The candidates, all integral to the regime over the past four decades, blamed the Rouhani administration for the country’s problems regardless of the impact of US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic on the administration’s capacity. to tackle serious problems.
Javanese newspaper analyst Kobra Asoupar called Rouhani’s counterattack “anger and chaotic”, adding that “Rouhani’s body language and loud voice indicated that the Iranian president had lost his focus” due to criticism from candidates over the past week.
Asoupar said Rouhani was quite surprised that none of the contestants defended him and his performance over the past eight years.
It comes as at least one candidate, former central bank governor Abdolnasser Hemmati, claimed that Rouhani was better than all of the candidates in this year’s election, although he also said that like them, Rouhani knew very little about economics.
Asoupar accused “Rouhani is angry because he cannot stop criticizing his government’s performance on public television by threatening and pressuring the broadcaster” because he has no control over what the candidates are doing. say during televised debates.
She said that while Rouhani lashed out at candidates for their unethical behavior, he forgot that “over the past eight years he has called his critics illiterate, disillusioned, radical, violent, arrogant, reckless, and profiteer, and told them to go to hell. “
Asoupar pointed out that while Rouhani accused the candidates of criticizing only his administration, he implied that the armed forces, parliament and the judiciary were also in trouble. She said the reason candidates have mainly talked about the administration is that the debates and elections are about choosing a new president.
Elsewhere in the article, Asoupar accused Rouhani of “not listening to the people’s protest.” She said: “He ruled out any protest calling it a political act. Now he hears the protests in the candidates’ debate at an open forum.” She argued that while the criticisms are not clearly worded, Rouhani should reflect on why candidates think criticizing the administration will make them popular. “You cannot hide the incompetence and ineffectiveness that people talk about back home,” Asoupar argued.
Both in this article and in another post on his homepage, Javan claimed that for the past eight years, Rouhani has blamed previous governments and other institutions whenever he struggled to defend his administration against accusations of incompetence.
Javan also recalled that although the Rouhani administration officially requested air time on state television to defend itself against the comments made by the candidates, Rouhani did not wait for this opportunity and used the coverage in direct from the cabinet meeting to express his frustration.
The daily also accused that during the 2017 television campaigns and debates, Rouhani as a candidate “accused the 38-year-old Islamic Republic of executing and imprisoning its critics, while trying to tarnish the image of his rival. “. [Ebrahim Raeesi]. Javan accused that later, when Rouhani was criticized for the remark, he justified it by electoral fervor.
While accusing Rouhani of failing to keep the economic promises he made in the 2013 and 2017 elections, hard-line supporters ignore the impact of US sanctions because they know discussing the issue would mean the guide Supreme Ali Khamenei, as chief decision-maker, could be responsible for the economic crisis.