Rouhani criticizes consolidation of power in government

15.12.2014

According to the president’s website, Rouhani recounted how in the first decade after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when he served in parliament, they fought to bring Iran's intelligence agency under the administration and turn it into a ministry, placing the parliament in a supervisory role. He added that they pushed for the Intelligence Ministry not to be an armed one.

The intelligence agency was placed under the authority of the administration, according to Rouhani, who said, “Otherwise, if you gather the intelligence, the guns, the money, the capital, the websites, the newspapers, the news agencies under one institution, there would be corruption.”

Rouhani continued, “We have problems. We have to solve the problems. The consolidation of power in one place creates corruption.” He asked, “Why did they create three branches; why was it necessary? The separation of branches is to control power.”

Rouhani said that even the position of the supreme leader, who he called a “just leader” and “the highest authority in our country,” has a supervisory body called the Assembly of Experts, which was created during former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s time. Rouhani asked, “Why did the constitution do this, and this during Imam [Khomeini’s] time? Because any power that does not have supervision will have problems.”

A number of Persian-language news websites outside of Iran, including BBC Persian, Radio Farda and Deutche Welle, construed Rouhani’s comments as directed at the IRGC.

The IRGC answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The body played a major role in the Iran-Iraq war and as a result of its construction projects undertaken during that era, wields considerable influence on economic projects today, particularly through its consortium Khatam al Anbia. Many websites and some newspapers are also believed to have close ties to the IRGC and their reporting reflects that relationship.

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