Hezbollah chief: We need to return to Khomeini’s teachings


Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made another TV appearance via video link to address a ceremony commemorating death of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Moosavi Khomeini who died on 3 June 1989.

He said the removal of the Shah’s regime in 1979 was an important achievement for Khomeini. But the most important achievement was the state building that followed and it is the most challenging matter.

He said the Islamic Republic Regime was chosen by the people of Iran in a referendum .

He tried to explain how the Wilayat al Faqih rule works

He said in Iran they have real authorities and the jurisprudent supervises these authorities and stops any violation of their powers or limits.

Nasrallah who is a strong supporter of the Wilayt al Faqih system said in “the jurisprudent ( or Wilayt al Faqih) state, the head of state should be a well-informed person and a man of law. He should be wise and brave.”

He said Iran is called the Islamic Republic of Iran and not Wilayt al Faqih . “There have been several efforts in the passed few years to represent it as an oppressive state and these are all lies.”

He hinted that he wants a Wilayt al Faqih state in Lebanon similar to Iran:

“We want the rise of the state in Lebanon and we have seen the results of relying on militias. We believe in a strong and unified state.”

Commenting to the Taif accord he said:

“The Taif Accord is the product of a settlement and the situation in the country is too complicated to introduce a new constitution and we therefore fear a return of sectarian divisions. So let us acknowledge the flaws in the constitution, avoid talk of committing to the Taif, and work on developing the Lebanese system away from sectarianism.”

This was a possible response to patriarch Bechara Rai who called for changes in te Accird to give the president more power :

Commenting on the delay in cabinet formation he said :

“We have always encountered government formation crises. We want to aid the PM-designate and we will not present a proposal that can harm his efforts. We will not give up despite the current challenges.”

Commenting on the ministry of telecommunications incident he said :

“After the telecommunications controversy, a debate took place and I suggest that we go out of this cycle and tackle issues in a different way.”

“Let us say that we have a system and a constitution, but after twenty years we have gaps that needs to be filled. Let us tackle the problem by developing the system. Let us leave out sectarian backgrounds and establish a committee with the goal of developing the system. We need to develop the system to respond to the needs.”

He concluded his speech by saying:

“We need to return to Khomeini’s teachings and renew our vow to continue in his footsteps and we can only be victorious. ”