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Monday, January 17, 2011
Iran’s Larijani praises Tunisians’ struggle for rights
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has praised the Tunisian people for their struggle to gain their rights, describing their move as a sign of vigilance.
Following weeks of street protests over unemployment and high prices, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday.
Tunisia’s Constitutional Council has announced that the ousted President has been officially removed from office and has appointed the speaker of parliament as the interim president.
Speaking in an open session of the Majlis on Sunday, Larijani said, “The move by the Muslim Tunisian nation to restore their rights indicates their awareness. However, they must remain vigilant so that certain countries that were supporting the previous system till a few days ago would not take the opportunity to impose themselves (on Tunisians) in another way.”
He also described the attitude of the United States and certain other Western states toward developments in Tunis as “funny”.
“Today, the countries which are the main cause of autocracy (in Tunisia) and pressure on the Tunisian nation are pretending that they are sympathizing with the nation,” he stated.
Commenting on the latest developments in Lebanon, Larijani said the U.S. has started a new malicious move in Lebanon to deflect attention from its diplomatic failures in the region.
“The resistant Lebanese nation will vigilantly give a response to this unfair political attitude,” he added.
On Wednesday, 11 ministers of the March 8 Alliance, whose main parties are Hezbollah, Amal, and the Free Patriotic Movement, quit the Lebanese cabinet over tensions arising from a UN probe into the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, toppling the government of U.S.-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri and throwing the country into disarray