Iranwire – Ex-prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi has issued a new missive from house arrest accusing Iran’s ruling elite of conspiring to create a hereditary leadership model.
In comments published by the news website Kaleme on Tuesday, Mousavi, who was confined to his home more than a decade ago after the pro-democracy Green Movement, demanded to know: “Have the dynasties of the past 2,500 years come back, that a son can rule after his father?”
The text shared by Kaleme formed part of Mousavi’s introduction to a new, Arabic translation of collected statements from the Green Movement.
With those remarks, Mousavi was referring to the large number of unofficial reports in recent years that indicate Mojtaba Khamenei, the second son of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, expects and is being lined up to take over from his 83-year-old father.
In his message, Mousavi claimed such a scheme had been in the making for “13 years”, adding: “If theye’re not really looking to do this, why have they never once denied such an intention?”
Mousavi stood as the reformist candidate against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election and became leader of the opposition in the post-election unrest.
In that same period, Mojtaba Khamenei was accused by international media of having engineered the win for Ahmadinejad – and of spearheading the clampdown on the protests that ensued through direct control of street militias and the Basij.