The main war between Raeisi and Ghalibaf escalates
As we get closer to the parliamentary elections, we are witnessing an intensification of conflicts between the government and the parliament in the domestic media. Many believe that this conflict stems from the challenging relationship between Ebrahim Raeisi and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, which has not reached relative tranquility since the 2013 presidential elections.
The dismissal of Mohammad Reza Gholamreza, the political deputy of the Minister of Interior and also the head of the country’s election headquarters, has once again intensified the debate over the conflicts between the executive and legislative branches. This dismissal, which was carried out against the will of the 13th government, despite the pressure from representatives on Ahmad Vahidi, the Minister of Interior, is believed by many to be a turning point in the case of conflicts between the 13th government and the 11th parliament, which could lead to a full-fledged war between these two powers. In fact, it is a war between two important and well-known political figures in the country who happen to be currently at the helm of the executive and legislative powers.
Iran Gate is addressing the roots of this crisis in a two-part case and intends to explain and analyze the conflicts and war between Raeisi and Ghalibaf.
The conflict has been present since day one.
Since the day the government of Ebrahim Raisi went to the parliament to gain a vote of confidence, problems and disagreements between the government and the 11th parliament under the leadership of Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf have started, although the government managed to unprecedentedly gain the vote of confidence of all ministers except one, noticeable traces of disagreements were seen in the confidence votes.
Furthermore, representatives put ministers, such as the Minister of Economy, Sports and Youth, Roads and Urban Development, on trial in other cases, including the 1401 budget, and highlighted their incompatibility with the Raisi government. Additionally, the performance of the Central Bank, private banks, the Organization of Employment Affairs, and other issues created disagreements between the current government members and the past government members.
The Ministry of Interior reached the peak of disagreements.
As mentioned at the beginning of this report, the peak of the disagreements between the President and Qalibaf was related to the file of the election law that had been sent to the parliament by the Ministry of Interior. As a result, many representatives who are concerned about being re-elected for the parliamentary position interpreted it as a disagreement with the political deputy of the Minister of Interior. The matter progressed to the point where even representatives were signing for the impeachment of the Minister of Interior. However, Qalibaf and the presiding board of the Islamic Consultative Assembly refused to announce its receipt.
News indicates Ahmad Vahidi’s efforts to persuade Mohammad Reza Gholamreza, his former political deputy, but apparently Gholamreza refrained from accepting this issue and emphasized that he would not leave his managerial position in the Ministry of Interior under any circumstances. Therefore, in mid-August 2023, Ahmad Vahidi was forced to dismiss his deputy in order to gain the support of the representatives in the parliament. This decision by the Minister of Interior had consequences, including Gholamreza issuing a statement indicating that there were more extensive disagreements between the government and the parliament than it seemed.
On the other hand, it is said that the government is trying to prevent its opposition representatives from being present in the twelfth term of the Islamic Consultative Assembly in Baharestan. Mohammad Reza Gholamreza has also been chosen as the Deputy Minister of Interior to implement policies that align with the ruling power in the executive branch, towards purifying the parliament.
Who is Gholamreza?
Mohammad Reza Gholamreza served as the Political Deputy Minister of Interior in the government of Ebrahim Raisi for approximately thirteen months, from Tir 1401 to the day of 22nd of Mordad 1402, when he was directly dismissed from this position by the decree of Ahmad Vahidi, the Minister of Interior in the thirteenth government.
There are reports that Ahmad Vahidi has repeatedly asked Gholamreza directly to step down from his position without any fuss or controversy, but the former Deputy Minister of Interior not only refused this request from his superior manager, but also reacted strongly and accused Raisi and Vahidi of collusion and fear of Ghalibaf. The statement released by this member of the Revolutionary Guards after his dismissal from this position also confirms this claim that Gholamreza’s expulsion from his previous job did not happen quietly and without any controversy.
Vahidi, who had chosen Gholamreza as the head of the election headquarters for the twelfth term of the Islamic Consultative Assembly and the sixth term of the Assembly of Experts elections in the past month of Ordibehesht, is now forced to dismiss this military figure. However, it seems that Ibrahim Raisi’s government is facing a more severe and extensive purification than what we witnessed in 98 and then in 1400.
The reason for this problem is the opposition of some representatives who are trying not only to receive their share of supporting Raisi but also to secure their position in the parliament. But has the government failed in these conflicts and has the revolutionary parliament emerged victorious? In the next part of this file, we will discuss the future of Raisi’s relationship with Qalibaf.
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