TEHRAN – One of Iran’s vice presidents has said that the parliamentary faction Rahrovan Velayat (the Followers of the Leadership) has good interactions with the government of President Hassan Rouhani.
“The Rahrovan faction has a good relationship with the government and we thank any faction that supports the government more,” Majid Ansari, the vice president for parliamentary affairs, told the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday.
The remarks by Ansari come as some moderate principlist parliamentarians are trying to form a coalition of “government backers”.
However Ansari said government has no role in formation of political factions in parliament.
“The eleventh government has a good relation with the Rahrovan faction, and a majority of representatives are eager to cooperate with the government, especially the minority reformist faction which has so far had a good cooperation with the government.”
“I, as vice president for parliamentary affairs, try to have maximum interaction with representatives, factions and committees.”
He added that government respects different factions with different political persuasions in parliament.
“We also have interaction and relations with friends in the minority principlist faction,” the veteran cleric politician said in an indirect reference to some MPs who are fiercely critical of the government.
“We will be happy if all factions in parliament to have interaction and cooperation with the government because it will lead to cooperation” between legislative and executive powers, he noted.
Ansari thanks Firouzabadi
Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Ansari also thanked armed forces joint chief of staff Hassan Firouzabadi who on Monday called on media outlets especially those affiliated to military forces to avoid spreading rumors about the government and sowing discord in the society.
Annsari said the government is thankful to Firouzabadi, calling his remarks “proper and decisive”.
Speaking on Monday, Firouzabadi said, “Some news reports are worthless and divisive. Some are also rumors, slanderous and baseless. Even media outlets which are somehow linked to armed forces make a mistake” and don’t follow the guidelines set by the Supreme Leader.
The major general added, “They (media) should revise their approach otherwise we will deal with them.”
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