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Iranian Official: ‘Genies’ Influenced Recent State Decisions

Some Iranian politicians consulted “genies” when making recent decisions concerning state affairs, a member of Iran’s Expediency Council, which exercises supervisory powers over all branches of Iran’s government, said last weekend, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on Thursday.

Genies are supernatural creatures mentioned in the Quran, Islam’s holy book. They are referenced within Islamic mythology and Iranian folklore, which hold that “genies live in a parallel world and possess extraordinary powers, including the ability to take different shapes and forms,” according to RFE/RL.

“Genies and fortune-tellers have been involved in ‘mysterious, inefficient, and corrupt’ decisions by ‘some officials and dignitaries,’” Expediency Council member Ahmad Tavakoli claimed last weekend in a story published by the Iranian news site Alef.ir. An anti-corruption watchdog operating in Iran, Justice and Transparency Watch, is currently investigating “several cases” of politicians involved in such supernatural phenomenon, Tavakoli, who founded the group, added.

Tavakoli’s claims of an otherworldly influence on Iranian politics followed shortly after a similar allegation made by Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers leader, Ayatollah Kazem Seddiqi, in early January. Seddiqi claimed in a television interview that a recently deceased Iranian cleric named Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi had “opened his eyes and smiled kindly” while undergoing a ritual cleansing of his body before burial, implying that Mesbah’s corpse had come to life after he died on January 2 at age 86. Seddiqi later admitted that the man who performed the bathing ritual on Mesbah’s corpse “may have imagined the incident,” according to RFE/RL.

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