As the Iranian election drama plays out on the streets, there appears to be an equally dramatic back story of economic and political rivalries, including an apparent shifting of power from some of the clerical old guard to an emerging generation of the Revolutionary Guard.
Babak Yektafar, Editor-in-Chief of washingtonprism.org, discusses how the election battle may be the veneer of this deeper struggle for money and power, with the Revolutionary Guard supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against some of its former patrons like former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, now possibly the richest man in Iran who sided with challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi.
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"In the past five or six years, we have seen a major step forward by this entity [the Revolutionary Guard],” said Yektafar. “They gained immense economic power... [and now] they've gotten more and more involved in the politics of the Islamic regime. They're extremely sensitive to guarding their interests."
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