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article imageAhmadinejad Government is 'llegitimate' Says Mousavi

By Chris Dade     Jul 1, 2009 in World
On the same day that the Basij, a volunteer militia that takes it's orders directly from the Revolutionary Guard and Iran's Supreme Leader, called for Mir Hossein Mousavi to face prosecution, the main opposition leader continued his defiant stand.
In a letter to the Chief Prosecutor of Iran, the Basij, who suffered fatalities among their own ranks when they moved to help the security forces quell the post-election demonstrations, listed nine offenses for which they believe Mr Mousavi should stand trial, including disrupting or threatening national security and propaganda against the state.
There is no indication yet that the Iranian authorities intend to arrest Mr Mousavi in connection with these alleged offenses, indeed the London Times suggests that the powers-to-be may fear fresh waves of protests if they were to do so, but a new statement today by the man leading the opposition to President Ahmadinejad's reelection may be increasing the odds that they will soon take some firmer type of action to silence their main critic. At the moment Mr Mousavi, said to be under constant surveillance by the security and intelligence services, remains free to live with his family in Tehran.
As another defeated opposition candidate Mehdi Karrubi released his own statement disputing the legitimacy of the presidential election result, Mr Mousavi's website carried the following words:It is our historical responsibility to continue our protests and not to abandon our efforts to preserve the nation's rights
He went on to speak of plans he and other eminent Iranians were making which were aimed at:halting security and military confrontation with the electorate, returning the country to a natural political atmosphere, reforming the election law to prevent vote-rigging, (and) securing freedom of holding rallies and freedom of press
None of the other parties said to be joining with Mr Mousavi were specifically named but his likely supporters include Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammed Khatami, former Presidents of the Islamic Republic, Mayor of Tehran Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf and Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Iranian Parliament.
Mr Karrubi's statement was equally as blunt as that of Mr Mousavi, the country's Attorney General and Ministry of Culture in fact censored it's appearance in the Etemed Melli party newspaper by preventing publication of the entire newspaper, but it could nevertheless be seen on Etemed Melli's website. CNN reports Mr Karrubi as declaring that the elections of June 12 should be annulled and that he would "stand by the people and the revolution, until the end of my life." But one particular sentence captured perfectly the position of a cleric who has served as Chairman of Parliament on two separate occasions:I will not recognize the legitimacy of the government which has resulted from this process
In other developments Iran's Chief of Staff Maj Gen Hassan Firouzabadi has told the European Union (EU) that it is not "qualified" to participate in future talks on Iran's nuclear program because of it's "interference" in Iranian domestic politics. Combined with the recent arrest of nine local employees of the British Embassy in Tehran , eight are now reported to have been released, this latest statement from an Iranian official may prompt the withdrawal from Iran of all ambassadors who represent EU states.
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