A Blog Written By Roozbeh Mirebrahimi
We read in the news that the head of the Expediency Council, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said in a speech that “moving forward, the Expediency Council will implement more supervision on the administration’s policies.”
The economically-oriented “Sarmaye” newspaper quoted Rafsanjani on Tuesday, “In implementing Article 44 of the Constitution and the 20-year development plan, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on human capital and expert management, the meaning of which is that the era of trial and error has ended and we must be professional and move according to plans.”
Like always, Ahmadinejad’s opponents, including many reformists, welcomes the news and, most likely, were overcome with joy because, “after all, this administration must be controlled somehow.”
The main point, however, is whether such welcomes are based on consistent analytical foundations, meaning that, because Rafsanjani is now opposed to the administration, this development is acceptable; or vice versa, because we are opposed to Ahmadinejad, we must accept with open arms anything that curtails him.
First of all, I believe that reformists who welcomed the Expediency Council’s supervision have forgotten how loudly they screamed that unelected institutions are curtailing the power of elected institution when similar developments were about to take place during the previous administration’s reign. It does not matter who heads these institutions. What is important is that we should not welcome any development that weakens semi-democratic institutions. Rather, we should continually empower such institutions against unelected institutions.
There is much criticism to be made about the undemocratic essence of institutions like the presidency and the Majlis in the Islamic Republic system. Nevertheless, one should never welcome the weakening of elected positions, such as presidency, by unelected institutions headed by the supreme leader.