Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed miserably to fulfill his campaign pledges by putting popular demands at the top of his government’s priorities for the ambitions of the Revolutionary Guard and Khamenei’s house. He dared not to bring a Sunni minister, a real reformist or a woman to his government as he pledged to win the support of the people and reformers. Therefore, he exposed himself to criticism and popular discontent, and revealed that he was only a tool exploited by Khamenei to eliminate popular demands in a smart way.

The reformist movement and the Iranian people were surprised by Rouhani’s new government that has been introduced to the council after being permitted by Khamenei to pass the constitutional oath. This cabinet revealed that Rouhani was only a representative working for the regime and the Revolutionary Guard, not for the peoples and the reform movement. The leaders of the reformists expressed their anger and disapproval with this government, which they stressed that it did not correspond at all with the will of the peoples as much as it is consistent with the will of the regime and the Revolutionary Guard.

In order to alleviate public discontent, Rouhani appointed few women in positions with no importance in his new government, including Masoumeh Ebtekar as Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi as a Special Assistant to the President for Citizenship rights, and Laya Joneydi as Vice President for Legal Affairs, and he tried to ease the anger by appointing or retaining positions for reformist figures.

Although such positions have no importance, the Revolutionary Guard are so keen to surround Rouhani and not to allow him to make any rebellion. The Revolutionary Guard commanders sometimes even show a kind of fear from any treachery by Rouhani, especially if his popular support has increased, subsequently, they tend to trim his nails before being strengthened. Therefore, we find that the softness that Rouhani is trying to show in appointing women in some positions has been met with harshness in the Revolutionary Guard’s appointing sensitive posts in the internal security department, such as appointing Brigadier General Hussein Rahimi as commander of internal security forces in Tehran, after being the commander of the internal security forces in Sistan and Baluchistan province where he played a major role in the repression and killings against the Baloch.

The toughness of the Revolutionary Guard in the face of Rouhani’s softness reveals the Iranian regime’s policy of obedience to authority towards the reform voices, fearing that it might turn into a strong opposition that could overthrow the regime. Despite the soft battles against the Revolutionary Guard, Rouhani remains unable to abandon his absolute loyalty to the Supreme leader and the Revolutionary Guard for fear of a violent reaction that could end his political career as his predecessors who reject Khamenei’s ideas, most notably Mousavi, Karroubi and Rafsanjani.

Using President Rouhani to destroy the reformist movement and to deceive the Iranian peoples, as well as using him as a scapegoat for the regime and the Revolutionary Guard may be the latest plans of the Revolutionary Guard. Most importantly here is that the regime in Tehran is about to exhaust all political tools in the deceit of the local public opinion, and no longer has the games which have been long used to prolong its time, and it will no longer be able to control the anger inside Iran amid more growing of regional and global anger.

Examining the current situation inside Iran and the growing gap between the regime and the people, worsening living conditions and the depletion of the mullahs’ regime of deception methods to its own peoples, while insisting on opposing the international community by supporting terrorism under various names, most recently by allocating around $ 260 Million for the activities of the Quds Force , the external arm of the Revolutionary Guard, As what the developments in the region reveal of imminent military strike against Iran, the mullahs’ regime’s fall is round the corner.

Al  Mezmaah  Studies & Research Centre

15  August 2017