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Merlin
23 Aug 09,, 03:21
This call for unity is an U-turn.

Iran's Rafsanjani calls for unity, backs leader (http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE57L1C220090822)

22 Aug TEHRAN (Reuters) - Influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has urged Iranians to follow Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's guidelines, five weeks after he challenged the authority of the country's most powerful figure.

Rafsanjani, a rival of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who last month defied a call by hardline clerics to back the disputed result of June's election, also advocated action to foster unity, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Saturday's conciliatory statement appeared to be in contrast to a hard-hitting sermon Rafsanjani delivered in mid-July, when he declared the Islamic Republic in crisis and demanded an end to arrests of moderates following the vote. ....

Dreadnought
25 Aug 09,, 15:09
Unity? Dont make us laugh. Bury any bodies in the middle of the night lately?:rolleyes:

Bigfella
25 Aug 09,, 16:47
Sounds to me like Rafsanjani knows that he can't get any further at the moment & he is trying to cover his arse as best he can. He is the ultimate survivor & has a lot more to lose than some (apparently his family is quite well off). I suspect that he is retiring from the fray to await the next ciris of the regime (or the one after that). When the dust finally clears on that occasion he will no doubt still be near the centres of power.