The Sustainable Coup against the President – Part 1

Saeed Aganji
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The Sustainable Coup against the President - Part 1

The Artery of Sustainable Coup against Raisi

The Artery of Sustainable Coup against Raisi, according to Iran Gate’s report by Hamid Rasaee, the face of the first superintelligent sustainability on the 1st of Mordad 1402 (July 22, 2023), announced the party entity, which is believed by many experts to be one of the most important sustainability plans for seizing seats in the twelfth parliament. The party is known as the Strategic Network of Supporters of the Islamic Revolution and has become known as the Artery, which is practically under the management of Sadegh Mahsouli and Mehrdad Bezarpa, aiming for a strong presence in the parliamentary elections in Esfand 1402 (February-March 2024).

Mehrdad Bezarpa’s presence at the opening ceremony of the Artery party and his cooperation with Hamid Rasaee in the foundation of this radical political movement has faced a lot of controversy. This is happening while Mehrdad Bezarpa is currently the Minister of Roads and Urban Development in Ibrahim Raisi’s government, and his political and electoral activities are contrary to customs and even illegal.

However, there are interesting and strange points about this unusual political activity of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development. The most important of these is the Artery’s fierce positions against the performance of the thirteenth government. A government in which one of its behind-the-scenes figures was its own minister, and naturally, he should defend Raisi’s government’s track record. But strange positions have been taken by this group.

Iran Gate has examined a two-part case involving a new party entering the political sphere of the Islamic Republic. This party has shown deep divisions within the revolutionary current and hardliners, while also being considered an example of super-revolutionary actions against the government of Ebrahim Raisi. This report focuses on the dynamics of the newly established party, Sharyan, and analyzes the positions of prominent figures in the hardliner camp regarding the performance of the Raisi government.

Sharyan Movement

According to the founders of the Strategic Network of Supporters of the Islamic Revolution, known as Sharyan, the idea of forming this party emerged in mid-1400 (2021) after the formation of the Raisi government. However, an interesting point is that just two weeks before announcing the existence of the Sharyan movement, Zahra Elahi, a representative of the super-revolutionaries in the eleventh parliament, established an organization called the Society for the Empowerment of People’s Institutions of the Islamic Revolution. According to the posters published for the inauguration of this organization, Mehrdad Bozorgpash was supposed to be the main speaker at the event alongside Alireza Zakanai.

However, this did not happen and the seed sower, due to severe differences he had with Zakani and some members of the parliament, including Mojtaba Tavangar and Zahra Elahian, abstained from attending the opening ceremony of the Society of the Rise of Popular Institutions of the Islamic Revolution. The Minister of Roads and Urban Development of the 13th government not only did not attend the ceremony himself, but there are reports indicating that the seed sower prevented close associates from attending the opening of these political organizations.

Therefore, it is said that the artery was actually a reaction to the formation of the Society of the Rise of Popular Institutions of the Islamic Revolution, which practically competed in opposition to the main government. However, one point that can be confidently stated is that the decision of the stable current and the super-revolutionaries who supported Raisi in the presidential election of 1400 was to undermine the 13th government. This decision is now showing signs of division and may lead to the public display of these differences and factionalism among the super-trendsetters.

Of course, as mentioned, it is Hamid Rasaee who has been introduced as the Secretary-General of the Artery in the showcase, but in practice, Mehrdad Bazarpa and Sadegh Mahsouli are the ones who lead this extremist movement.

Genealogy of the movement

Political parties and movements in authoritarian governments are generally person-centered rather than ideology-centered. Naturally, the discourse of these parties and movements closely aligns with the ruling discourse, and the only differences lie in the interpretation of the individuals behind the parties. However, this is different for a few distinct factions. A faction is essentially a person-centered party that, despite being labeled as a position, has a strange and different approach compared to similar movements.

As mentioned, a faction is a person-centered party that has entered the country’s political arena under the leadership of Sadegh Mahsouli and Mehrdad Bazrpash. Despite a denial by one of the central council members of the faction regarding the party’s person-centeredness in elections, it seems that the main focus and concern of the founders of this party is the strong presence of a stable movement in the 1402 parliamentary elections and the 1404 presidential elections. According to many analysts, there is a possibility of Mehrdad Bazrpash running for the presidency in the future elections and leading a full-scale coup against the Raisi government, with the support of one of the most influential radical members of the Ibrahim Raisi cabinet.

Of course, it may not be necessary to mention that the first person involved in similar currents is none other than Sadeq Mahsuli, the godfather of all the super-revolutionary currents who took a strong stance in support of Ebrahim Raisi in the 1400 presidential election. And now he is turning his back on the same government that he had fully supported, even introducing proxy candidates to assist Raisi in the televised debates of the June 1400 elections.


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Saeed Aganji is a journalist and researcher specializing in Iranian affairs. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the student journal "Saba" and was a member of the editorial board of the newspaper "Tahlil Rooz" in Shiraz, which had its license revoked in 2009.