Wednesday July 22 – the daily story

Green charter — Mir-Hossein Moussavi vowed to continue protests against the government until all jailed protestors were released. In a meeting with university professors he said it was a  national duty to keep the election issue alive. But he warned his supporters against allowing anarchy to take over. “We must only use legal means to counter the damage caused by this quasi coup d’etat,“ he said. Moussavi added that work was proceeding on a political charter for the front he is proposing to form and it would be published in the next few days.  He pledged that the charter would give people a greater say in political decisions, using unfulfilled provisions of the constitution, but implementing the charter in the current atmosphere “which can’t even tolerate someone like {Rafsanjani]” would be difficult. monsters & critics

President under pressure — Another leading hardline cleric has joined the onslaught against President Ahmadinejad over the appointment of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as his vice president. Ayatollah Sayed Ahmad Khatami, one of Tehran’s rotating Friday prayers leaders, said the president’s position on the issue was a test of his loyalty to the concept of velayat-e faghi (rule of the religious leader) and thus to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader. Reports this week  said Khamenei had written a letter to Ahmadinejad ordering him  to sack Mashaei, who has upset conservatives over a remark that Iranian and Israeli people were friends. “Ahmadinejad’s interest is in abiding by the leader’s stance on the recent appointment,” Khatami said. “The firm expectation of those who have voted for Ahmadinejad because of his commitment to velayat is that he must show his obedience to the supreme leader in practice.” His call was echoed by Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, who declared on his website that the appointment was unacceptable . “The appointment of such a person has no legitimacy whatsoever,” he said, urging Ahmadinejad to have the courage to admit his mistake – “one of the characteristics of a good manager”. PressTV, Tehran Times

Clergy hit out — Ayatollah Sayed Ali Mohammad Dastghaib, an leading cleric from Shiraz, has joined the Green wave, backing Rafsanjani’s Friday prayers sermon and urging other members of the clergy to swing behind the reformists, according to the Green Brief. “Clerics should not be divided on an issue that has so much mass support among the people,” he said. Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani also declared that someone who held a position of authority through fraud was illegitimate, although he did add that this should be proven with evidence rather than just the say-so of the person’s rivals. And the Green Brief said it had “partially-confirmed reports” that Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani had warned Sadeq Larejani, a member of the Guardian Council and regarded as the most likely next head of the judiciary, that if he accepted the position he would “ruin his afterlife”. The Tehran Vureau website, meanwgile, publishes a highly useful rundown of which ayatollah stands where. Green Brief, Tehran Bureau

In other news:

Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, is reported to have left the country to avoid attending President Ahmadinejad’s inauguration next month, He is likely to be just one of a host of top officials whose chairs will be empty at the ceremony. It is reported that Ayatollah Rafsanjani angrily refused when Ayatollah Khamenei said he should attend. Guardian

Sergei Kiriyenko, Russia’s atomic energy chief, has pledged that Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr would be switched on by the end of the year. PressTV

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has caused waves in the Middle East after saying on Thai TV that Washington could extend a “defence umbrella” to protect its Arab allies if Iran develops nuclear weapons. Wall Street Journal

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