Iran's Rouhani tells Revolutionary Guards to stay out of politics

By REUTERS
September 16, 2013 17:59

 
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Revolutionary Guards on Monday they should not get involved in politics, in a carefully worded speech that sought to avoid antagonizing the elite military force.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rather than to the president, has become more assertive in politics in recent years, with increasing numbers of veterans in parliament.

Rouhani's speech, which included praise for the IRGC's increasing economic might, could be an attempt to maintain its support, something that might be in doubt if the Guards see their interests threatened by the new president who has pledged more moderation in Iran's foreign and domestic policies.

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