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(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh and Robert Fragnito for their compilations)

Politics

  • Tabnak publishes the latest election results in a diagram.
  • Fars News Agency publishes the latest list on elected parliamentarians along with their political affiliation.
  • Islamic Participation Front says the election results from Tehran predicting 71 percent support to the Principalist Alliance is “unreal.”
  • Members of the Principalist Alliance protest against irregularities committed by their own faction.
  • Ahmad Jannati silent in face of allegations of rigged elections.
  • The reformist Islamic Participation Front warns against a “garrison state” because of the Revolutionary Guards intervention in politics in the Islamic Republic.
  • Head of the reformist Islamic Participation Front in Tehran, Mar’ashi protests against the election results from Tehran constituencies which give a clear majority to the Principalist Alliance. See also here.
  • Tehran mayor Qalibaf says “we need a courageous parliament… This parliament will not be bipolar, but tri-polar.”

  • Seyyed Mohammad Sajjadi protests against the election procedures for Assembly of Experts in which he was a candidate.
  • The parliamentary elections has decided the distribution of 260 seats in the Iranian parliament. The composition of the remaining 30 seats will be decided in a second round of elections.
  • Firouz-Abadi, chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces Command Council, says the “most important task of the intelligence agencies is to identify the fingerprints of the enemy inside Iran. Even if there is one percent disharmony there would be room for infiltration of the enemy to strike.”
  • Reza Seraj, head of the Student Basij Organization: “Reformist revisionists play the role of a Fifth Column of the U.S. and its European allies. In practical terms, by encouraging the U.S. and its allies to issue the third [UN Security Council] Resolution and by increasing the level of psychological warfare against the people of Iran, they have brought shame upon themselves. From now on, they should await the price and consequences of their deeds from the political groupings and the people.”
  • Reformist candidates from Tehran meet with the minister of interior to complain about what they call “engineering of the vote.”
  • Ahmadinejad congratulates the Supreme Leader and the Iranian nation upon the latest round of parliamentary elections.
  • Election monitoring teams from the Council of Guardians throw out representatives of the reformist camp while counting votes in Tehran constituencies.
  • Shahrvand-e Emrooz publishes a major interview with Tehran mayor and former Revolutionary Guard commander, Qalibaf. Rafsanjani protégé Ziba-Kalaam says the support of the regime to certain political groupings during the latest parliamentary elections is Azhar Men al-Shams [as clear as the sun].
  • Editor of banned Havar bi-weekly says his publication was banned due to its reformist inclination.
    • The Islamic Republic of Iran authorities ban six magazines: Donya-ye Tasvir, Haft, Be Sou-ye Eftekhar, Talash, Neda-ye Iran, and Shouka.
    • Radio Zamaneh claims as many as nine publications have been banned.
  • Parliamentary faction chief Ali Larijani: “With their vote, the people of Iran have demonstrated that they do not fear the United States.”
  • Mizan News considers the latest parliamentary elections “the most rigged elections in the history of the Islamic Republic.”
  • Kadkhodayee, spokesman of the Council of Guardians: “There was not even the slightest irregularity during the elections.” He added that the parliamentary elections were the “healthiest ever” in the history of the Islamic Republic.
  • The first Tehran election results which were handed over to and broadcasted by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting showed a disastrous result for the reformist camp according to which not a single reformist candidate was elected into parliament in Tehran constituencies. After the protests of the reformist candidates the Ministry of Interior claims the list broadcasted by Iranian Television were false and the ministry produced another list in which a few reformist candidates were elected. Original list broadcast by Iranian television.
  • Fatemeh Tabatabayee, widow of the late Ahmad Khomeini, son of the founder of the Islamic Republic, reveals family secrets:
    • “In the current affair [a reference to the controversy with regard to the Khomeini family's opposition to Revolutionary Guards intervention in politics in Iran], one must not consider one particular person or a certain certificate holder of a web page to be guilty [of attacks against the Khomeini family] and let all the pressures loose on him…
    • In our family we abide by a law, and it is the law set by a letter [from Ayatollah Khomeini] to Ahmad Agha [Mr. Ahmad, a reference to her late husband Ahmad Khomeini] in which he says that in the Islamic Republic, after me [Ayatollah Khomeini's death], most certainly some responsibilities would be offered to you, which you absolutely should accept and serve [the country] if you can. But there is one fundamental issue here, and it is that if you see that some persons are capable of performing such responsibilities you should not take the initiative. This is the law of our family and it is the view point of the Imam [Khomeini]. All the sayings of the Imam [Khomeini] regarding accepting or refusing political responsibility should be seen in the context of this law.” As a proof Ayatollah Khomeini’s inclination to involve his son, Mrs. Tabatabayee adds: “There was a time when [the first president of the Islamic Republic Abol-Hassan] Bani-Sadr wanted to appoint Hajj Ahmad Agha [Khomeini] as prime minister, [and the] Imam says that I do not desire to see the people from my midst to enter public service, but at the very same time [Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini] sends Ahmad [Khomeini] to be a permanent member of the supreme leaders of the regime.” Mrs. Tabatabayee also reveals some other grievances of the Khomeini family against the Islamic Republic hitherto kept secret from the Iranian public: “I recall [the last days of Ahmad Khomeini] who delivered some major speeches. Two or three of them were delivered in a special atmosphere. During one of them, almost crying he said: I miss the Imam [Khomeini]. On another occasion speaking about the economy he said, it is so simple to blame the foreigners. We should solve [economic] problems with thoughtfulness. He was in agony because of the poverty of the people and believed that the grave problems of the people could be solved by thoughtful and expert management.”
    • She also discloses secret stories about the front duty of one of her sons, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini: “When Hassan [Khomeini] was 13 years old, Ahmad [Khomeini] encouraged him to do front line duty [during the Iran-Iraq war] and also told him not to ask why you [addressed to Ahmad Khomeini] don’t go to the war yourself, because I need to stay and look after the Imam, but you should go. This [the war] is a blessing which will not go on for ever. It is better if you are martyred. The first time he [Hassan Khomeini] went to the front was at an active battle site despite the fact that he was a juvenile and had not received any [military] training. When one of the Revolutionary Guards members of the beit [Khomeini Household] had asked him [Ahmad Khomeini] why he had sent him [Hassan Khomeini] to the front despite the fact that he [Hassan Khomeini] has not received any military training he [Ahmad Khomeini] had responded that from a propaganda point of view it is good if he becomes a martyr.”

Economy

  • While the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic reports of 18 percent price increase, salaries of public servants increases only by 6 percent.
  • Iran becomes the seventeenth largest automobile manufacturer in the world.
  • Hamid Hashemi Samareh, former deputy director of the economic directorate of the Ministry of Industry becomes the Director of the Standard Institute and Industrial Research. Hamid Hashemi Samareh is the brother of Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh, senior presidential advisor.
  • Iran and Switzerland held talks March 17 discussing economic cooperation, current developments in the Middle East, and religious issue concerning Muslims in Europe.
  • EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said March 16 that Iran is fundamental to the Nabucco gas pipeline.
  • Iran’s non-oil exports account for 50 percent of overall exports valued at $20 billion said a senior Iranian official March 17.

Religion, Culture, and Society

Diplomacy

  • Former nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rowhani delivers a major interview to Shahrvand-e Emrooz on the Islamic Republic and the nuclear issue, sanctions regimes, U.N. Security Council Resolutions, etc.

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