Thursday, March 27, 2008

Clergy Must Not Accept Posts in Government ‎

Another Warning from Ayatollah Montazeri

Ayatollah Montazeri, a dissident grand ayatollah residing in holy Shia city of Qom, has ‎once again warned that the clergy must not accept posts in the government and not ‎become involved in the day to day affairs of governance if they want to preserve their ‎privileged role as the public’s spiritual guides. ‎
Ahmad Rafat from the Italian AKI news agency conducted a written interview with ‎ayatollah Montazeri in which he asked the grand ayatollah about issues ranging from ‎Iran’s nuclear case and people’s economic problems to the role of clergy in governance ‎and the eight Majlis elections.
‎ Responding to a question about the disagreement of ayatollah Sistani with the ‎participation of clergy in governance, ayatollah Montazeri said, “My own opinion is the ‎same; the clergy must not accept, as much as possible, any posts in the government and ‎become involved in the day to day affairs of governance if they want to preserve their ‎privileged position as the public’s spiritual guides. I gave ayatollah Khomeini my ‎opinion on this matter as well.” ‎

Ayatollah Montazeri responded to a question about Iran’s nuclear case: “In that having ‎access to nuclear technology should not be monopolized by any government and all ‎governments and peoples must have the right to this energy and technology, there is no ‎doubt. The problem is that our government has voiced controversial and uncalculated ‎rhetoric, which have made a lot of governments suspicious of Iran and brought about an ‎international cohesion that has been manifested in sanctions against Iran with worrying ‎consequences for the nation. This is very worrisome and I hope that the relevant officials ‎can manage the situation by controlling their emotions and being more reasonable, and ‎not isolate the country more than this and subject the public to more economic and ‎political pressures.” ‎

Ayatollah Montazeri also commented on the people’s economic woes and the eight ‎Majlis elections: “Radical measures and unnecessary hardships that were imposed on ‎students, journalists and other activities, coupled with the disqualification of a lot of ‎experienced and expert individuals, have no consequence other than increasing the ‎distance between people and the government. At a time when the country is facing ‎international pressure, I don’t know why officials refuse to think twice about the ‎consequences of their actions, and create new problems for the people, in addition to ‎rampant inflation and countless other economic problems.” ‎

The grand ayatollah also had a word to say about the disqualifications of candidates in ‎the eight Majlis elections: “With the disqualification of many experienced and expert ‎individuals, there is no room for true competition and we expect to have a one-voiced ‎Majlis. Such a Majlis cannot represent the majority of the people and will be obedient to ‎the wishes of a minority. As a result, it will not be able to fulfill its main important ‎duties.”

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