Is Khamenei taking the position of IRGC against President Rouhani?

Sources: BBC, @Khamenei_ir, The Daily Caller, @thekarami, Iran Front Page

Hassan Rouhani, with the support of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, is calling for popular referendum to empower is policy in favor of foreign investments in the country. He knows that, in order to achieve this goal, the agreement on the nuclear program is necessary. Because of this goal, Rouhani is trying to downgrade the importance of the nuclear issue inside the Islamic Republic. Just few days ago, the President said that Iranian “ideals are not connected to centrifuges, but to our heart and will”. The IRGC’s officials disliked the statement and reacted immediately. The head of the Basij forces – General Gen. Mohammad Naghdi, said that “Our ideal is not centrifuges but the destruction of the White House and the annihilation of Zionism”.

Ali Khamenei initially remained in silence. But Khamenei’s silence has lasted only short time: using Twitter, the Supreme Leader attacked who wants to promote the lifting of the sanctions hurting the Iranian national pride. Khamenei wrote “No officials will let Iran’s national pride to get hurt. So they should make the country immune to sanctions: Leader”. The target of this message is clearly the President Hassan Rouhani. With his calling for a popular referendum on “crucial, disputed matters”, Rouhani has entered inside the prerogatives of the Supreme Leader. Not coincidentally, Khamenei has chosen a picture with people who show their support for the Supreme Leader and that the newspaper Kayhan – the “voice” of Khameni – has accused Rouhani of misunderstanding the Constitution.

In May 2014, Ali Khamenei has reiterated his support to Jihad and his hate against United States. The Supreme Leader said that “battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist…This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought. … This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.”

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