Mostafa Tajzadeh: Reformists Should Support a Free and Fair Election

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

Seyyed Mostafa Tajzadeh, Political Vice Minister of the Ministry of Interior of Iran in the government of Mohammad Khatami, says Iranian reformists should only support a free and fair presidential election in the country. Recently the top officials of Islamic Republic including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ahmad Jannati condemned the comments made by opposition groups about holding free election. Iranian authorities believe all the elections in this country are free and fair and there is no need to insist on this point.

“Iranian reformist parties are always looking after free and fair election; this is actually one of the most important strategies of reformists in Iran. Reformists’ victory is up to a free election and all the political parties will respect the results of such election. If I was out of jail, I would start a campaign to support free election.” Mostafa Tajzadeh, a member of Islamic Iran Participation Front (Jebhe-ye Mosharekat), said in his open letter published from Evin Prison.

“Iran will be the next Yemen, Libya or Syria if the Iranian government doesn’t hold a free presidential election on June 2013. In fact the independency and security of our country is depended on the upcoming election. So the authorities must be careful about that.” Tajzadeh concluded.

The last presidential election of Iran sparked severe protests and demonstrations against the establishment of Islamic Republic. Right after June 12, 2009 election, Tajzadeh was arrested. He spent 11 months in solitary cells inside IRGC’s Ward 2-a at Evin Prison.