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Report exposes 'shadow institutions' in Iran, cites popular discontent

IRGC militias pose huge threats for Iranian people
An Iranian government bombshell report has demonstrated the unmatched clout of the military apparatuses that work under direct supervision by the supreme leader. The report exposed these institutions, known as shadow institutions, in terms of mechanism of work when it comes to administering the state's provinces and government departments.
Sheinddacht Moulandi, one of the aides of Iran's president Rouhani on citizenship affairs, said there are several challenges hindering the Iranians from obtaining their citizenship rights.
"There should be some sort of intervention from the IRGC, the supreme leader's representatives and the police," the Iranian official stated, according to the Persian-language Iran Wire.
The 139-page report, issued by the Iranian presidency, broached of the increasing clout of the Khamenei-run institutions. They are, according to the report, wresting control over most of the provinces and government departments. No crucial decisions in relation to the core rights of the Iranian people could be taken without the approval of these institutions.
The report further explained, saying that these institutions 'strictly follow the orders of bosses in Tehran, giving no room for cooperation or collaboration with the ministries and other government entities.
"Reports, prepared by the government apparatuses, dealing with executive issues, had been sent to these institutions. But they were paid no heed," the government report stated.
The recent report also cast light on the status quo when it comes to the position of the Khamenei-led institutions, saying the powers and jurisdictions granted to government apparatuses and entities are shared, forcibly, by other branches of power directed by Khamenei.
It also blasted the ambiguity that shrouds the mechanism through which the government institutions function. This ambiguity is caused by the increasing meddling of the shadow institutions. Due to this mounting inference, the regular government institutions have become unable to gauge the Iranians' satisfaction with its performance.
This comes as global reports are sounding the alarm about the situation of human rights and minorities in Iran. These reports cite major violation to human rights and freedom of the media.
Another key revelation in the Iranian government's report was the increasing opposition by hardliners to appointing women to government positions.
"There is brewing racism against religious minorities in the regions of Kurdistan, Sistan and Bluchestan and Kermanshah," it further noted.
Also, pro-regime think tanks have warned of the mounting popular discontent due to the worsening economic and social situation. Last February, a research center run by the Iranian presidency published a report breaking down the reasons of the mounting anger and discontent among the Iranians. It suggested a great portion of the Iranian people no longer trust the clerical rule in Iran.
Citing these reports, some commentators said the Iranian regime is facing harsh realities, adding its survival is at stake. "The regime is still continuing its policies at home and abroad despite the crumbling sanctions and mounting pressure. More money is being spent overseas, more militias are being recruited, and more violence is being inflamed."