Reformists from “Hope List” to “Consensus Manifesto”

The reform process from 1392 until today has adopted two different and consecutive strategies. For several years in a row, with the strategy of a coalition candidate, he won several elections, such as the eleventh and twelfth terms of the presidency, as well as the tenth parliament. But since 2009, he has changed this strategy and emphasized that he will only run in the elections if he enters the elections with a completely reformist and well-known candidate.

Over the years, the ideas and implementation of these strategies were taken over by reformist institutions such as the Reform Front Coordination Council and the Supreme Council of Reformists, but now, on the eve of the presidential election and the 1400 town and village councils, it has unveiled its consensus body. Is.

In an interview with ISNA, Ali Sufi narrated his opinion on the formation of the Supreme Council of Reformists and the dissolution of this council, as well as the decision-making process during the reform process, referring to the re-entry of the reform process into the political arena after 2009. , With the 1392 presidential election stated: The reformists since 1392 came to the conclusion that they should adopt two strategies for politics; One is consensus building and the other is coherence. At that time, no specific decision was made for cohesion, but in a group centered on Mr. Khatami, he asked Mr. Aref to step down in favor of Mr. Rouhani in order to achieve consensus building. That consensus and victory took place and then continued.

He continued: In 2015, the strategy of consensus building continued but there was a difference; The issue was that the Reform Coordination Council considered itself in charge of electoral affairs, but on the other hand, it was argued that the reform community went beyond the reformist parties and did not consider the council sufficient to deal with a national issue such as elections. In fact, the Coordinating Council could decide for the parties, but not for the non-parties, ie national and influential reformist figures.

How the High Policy Council was formed in the first round

The reformist political activist noted: Non-partisan reformist figures were also supposed to have representatives in this council, and if the consensus building is to make arrangements, it will work for all reformist elements and individuals. They themselves asked Mr. Khatami to add the Steering Council, which was working on his initiative, to the Coordination Council and to become the High Policy Council. Since then, the High Policy Council consisting of the Coordination Council, natural persons and the Strategic Council began their election activities, and a list called the hope list was announced by the same council, and with the relative victory of the 2015 elections, they passed.

He continued: In 2017, a second policy council was formed for the elections of that year. It had the same structure as the first council, but with some changes, it took over its role in the elections of city and village councils and the presidency. The Supreme Council played a major role in the town and village council elections that year. Because it was clear that the president would be re-elected.

The decisions of the High Policy Council in the second round caused controversy among the parties

Sufi said the second policy council was able to submit a list to the Tehran City Council; But this list became a point of contention. Even some parties came out of the Supreme Council because of their differences and presented a separation list.

He continued this discussion: For the elections of the Islamic Consultative Assembly in 2009, the third policy-making council started working; Now there were more real people on the council than before. People were introduced as real people who outnumbered the parties. Half of the natural persons’ parties were supposed to be present in the council, but their number increased. Individuals were added to the High Council as individuals who did not meet the criteria for national influence and prestige.

The secretary general of the leading reform party added: “That council also continued, but other reformist policies to participate in the elections changed.” The former approach of the Policy Council was criticized for the performance of the reformists elected in the parliament, city councils and the second government of Mr. Rouhani, and the reform body was strongly protested and dissatisfied. This protest had taken the reformists by storm. Therefore, they no longer said that we will participate in the elections unconditionally; Rather, they stressed that their candidate must be reformist and well-known.

In this regard, he said: The reformists said that we will participate in the upcoming conditional elections. If our candidate is approved by the Guardian Council, we will list him to run in the parliamentary elections. They did the same and issued a statement on the eve of the election, saying that it was not possible for us to provide a list.

The reason for the resignation of Aref and Mousavi Lari was never mentioned

Referring to the fate of the Third High Council of Reformists, he said: “After the election, when the Reform Council did not present a single list, a vicious phenomenon called Corona appeared in the country, which prevented the Supreme Council from holding meetings.” Then a few unexpected things happened. Mr. Mousavi Lari resigned as the deputy chairman of the council without any valid reason or announcement in advance. Then Mr. Aref resigned. He first denied the news but later confirmed it.

Sufi said the chairman and vice-chairman had resigned and Corona would not allow face-to-face meetings. Since then, when nearly ten months have passed and we are approaching the 1400 elections, the Supreme Council has not convened a meeting. Of course, a lot of effort was made to convene a meeting of this council and discuss the reason for the resignations.

In another part of the conversation, he referred to the activities of the Coordination Council of the Reform Front during this period and said: “Well, this council, that is, the Coordination Council, unlike the Supreme Council, had its meetings and was supposed to prepare a manifesto for its activities.” The Political Committee of the Coordinating Council set out to invite reformist political figures to achieve this, while expressing a solution that they deem appropriate for the reformists. Mr. Tajzadeh, Mr. Alavi, Mr. Marashi, Mr. Aminzadeh and Mr. Armin were among those people. Mr. Kvakbian, who was a member of the Democratic Party, also said that he had some opinions; Given his experience in parliament, his views worked. All of these loved ones examined the shortcomings of the reform process and expressed their views; It was decided to conclude in November.

Sufi reminded: in addition to these pathologies, the manifesto of the Consensus Council was also presented in the political committee. This manifesto was unexpected, because it had not been raised before. Finally, it was decided that the parties would submit their views in writing on this issue. A seven-member working group was also identified for this purpose.

The reformist political activist also clarified: “During this period, we also faced problems from the Ministry of Interior.” The Interior Ministry had said that the reformists had introduced two factions to the Article 10 Commission, each of which included part of the parties, and some of the parties were in both, which was contrary to party law. The parties offered their opinion to solve this problem; We all finally came to the conclusion that we should form a new front from the coalition of reformist parties, in which all 30 parties will be present, as well as a group of parties that will operate under the supervision of the head of the reformist government. Of course, the head of the reform government never interferes. Although he also authorized the High Council, he did not interfere in its decisions. Finally, they gave their opinion and supported the general course of the elections; Although the decision of the group was against their opinion, such as the list of Tehran City Council; But finally in the last days they came and supported.

He stressed: If we wanted to reach a consensus-building institution, we should also consider its comprehensiveness. It cannot be the consensus-building body of the Coordination Council; Because the reformist society is much wider than the parties. The principle of the policy council policy was for this reason. Managers of the period are national, regional, provincial and local influential people in this process, who sometimes have more influence than the parties. So we must have considered comprehensiveness in our decisions. At the top of all this is the head of the reformist government, whose words are influential among the reformists, and the reformists are using their potential.

In the end, he also said about the published manifesto of the reformists: “What became a media consensus body was supposed to go through a complementary process; That is, first consult with the head of the reform government and then announce.

End of message