Why the Iranian regime is installing mullahs in key positions

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The ruling regime in Iran has launched an initiative to install thousands of mullahs in various entities across the country as a new way to impose even more control over the Iranian people, the country’s economy and daily life. State television says the plan began two years ago and has recently gained momentum. The regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, is pursuing different goals with this initiative, and the economic incentives are just one aspect of a bigger picture.

This plan will see to installing mullahs as “religious experts and advisers in police stations” and a senior official said such a program would be extremely helpful for the mullahs’ regime.

Coincidentally, the mullahs’ Majlis (parliament) introduced and passed the “Islamic Banking Bill”, and the regime’s Central Bank issued instructions for “religious supervisors stationed in all banks”. Schools will have “advisory mullahs” who will enjoy significant authority over these important facilities.

In Iran, under this regime, the mullahs are now even considered de facto doctors and medical experts. The regime is also launching the “Commission for Psychology and Counseling under the Teachings of Religious and Islamic Culture”, saying that “the objective is to exercise the national potential by seeking personnel from the regime’s religious schools.”

The people of Iran know very well that the mullahs’ regime is applying its rule and interfering more in the daily life of the people and all entities of the country for the past 43 years since the 1979 revolution. The mullahs believe that the maintenance of their intact regime depends on iron-fisted power, including through executions and torture. Another aspect of this approach is the use of religious pretexts to establish their place in people’s lives and in all the vital entities/infrastructures of the country.

This initiative marks the failure of Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency after only one year in office. Khamenei facilitated Raisi’s rise to power to ensure his regime remains united as it continues to face growing dissent at home and isolation abroad. Raisi, notoriously known for his key role in the massacre of a political prisoner in 1988, symbolizes the mullahs’ regime of terror for four decades. But even Raisi was unable to fulfill Khamenei’s hopes of strengthening his grip on power.

Not only has Raisi failed to contain the protests, but his hollow promises to lower the exchange rate, lower prices, reopen the country’s shuttered factories, solve unemployment and build a million homes for people in need turned out to be nothing but words, further escalating the protests.

The people of Iran are denouncing Raisi’s lies in his ongoing protests, demanding answers regarding his empty promises and denouncing the soaring prices of various products in the country. Even the official media recognize Raisi’s failures.

“Perhaps Raisi’s only achievement was his plan to impose rules and regulations on the hijab (headscarf),” read an article in the official Mostaghel daily on July 27. measures supervised by Raisi, only caused an escalation of hatred among the Iranian population.

This explains why Khamenei, in light of his inability to consolidate power, is now resorting to new tactics, installing the mullahs – his final and dwindling bastion of support – in key roles in hopes of maintaining control over the levers of power in Iran.

But what will be the success of the installation by the mullahs’ regime in key positions of power? These measures come at a time when hatred against the mullahs’ regime is at its highest level. In their daily protests, the Iranian people constantly chant “the mullahs must get lost”, acknowledging where the main root of the country’s problems lies. The tension in society suggests Khamenei’s latest tactic will only backfire on his own regime.

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