Perhaps contrary to what many may believe politics in Iran is just as complicated and nefarious as anywhere else and there has been an ongoing power
struggle in Iran for some time now.
On the one side there are the extremists, (obviously everything is relative, even 'moderates' are extreme when viewed by our 'western' and non-Iranian
standards), and on the other the moderates.
The real extremists are those aligned to the likes of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi who is a member of The Assembly Of Experts and who is widely recognised
as the leader of the secretive Hojjatieh Society - an ultra-conservative organisation who believe the doctrines of the Iranian Revolution have been
betrayed and vehemently oppose Sunni Islam.
Hojjatieh are thought to have infiltrated the military and other influential institutions.
Hojjatieh are Twelver Shi'a who believe in hastening the coming of The Mahdi by forcing events through confrontation.
It is also thought that Mesbah Yazdi will make a play for Supreme Leader when Ayatollah Khamenie dies or retires, and that is the really important
It is widely accepted that Ahmedinejad's 'spiritual teacher' is Mesbah Yazdi and that he himself may have been a member of Hojjatieh.
However, relations between the two seemed to have soured near the end of his Presidency - Ahmedinajad has been for some time now practically a lame
duck President and there have been disagreements surrounding various appointments etc.
Hassan Rouhani has also been a member of The Assembly of Experts for some time now and is viewed as a Centrist and a bit of a compromise candidate.
He was a student and supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini and apparently has the support of the current Supreme Leader.
At one point Rouhani was the chief negotiator with European delegates in talks about Iran's nuclear programme, he resigned from his position within
the Iranian nuclear programme on the election of Ahmadinejad.
For the last few days I have been trying to find any links between Rouhani and Hojjatieh and haven't seen anything that suggests there might be -
that's not to say there definately isn't any but it's a reasonable assumption at this point.
That can only be a good thing and tends to lend more weight to the arguement that the 'moderates' are winning the power struggle and that Iran may
take a more conciliatory stance on the nuclear issue and may wish to enter serious dialogue.
Let's hope so.
But as I said previously, everything is relative.
edit on 15/6/13 by Freeborn because: clarity and grammar.