Ayatollah Larijani

The head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, urged President Rohani in a public speech to refrain from appointing “seculars” to his administration and those who do not agree with the main tenets of the constitution.

The Keyhan daily, generally regarded as representing the views of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, also wrote on Thursday that the leader’s statements about “sedition and seditious elements being a red line” must be taken seriously by the administration.

The conservatives in the Islamic Republic establishment refer to the 2009 election protests as sedition and their supporters as seditious elements.

Ayatollah Larijani said in a speech, as reported by IRNA on Thursday August 28, that the government has to move within the “framework of the constitution and religious values” and those who do not accept the “constitution and its major tenets” should not be given executive responsibilities.

“The belief that human systems are sufficient for the running of a country is a denial of the second Article of the constitution,” Ayatollah Larijani said; “Therefore, seculars have no place in an executive position because they do not accept this portion of the constitution.”

The head of the judiciary also warned against involving “seditious” elements in government.