After three weeks of sit-in protest in parliament, more than one hundred of reformist MPs submitted their resignation letter this morning.
"We will not compromise on the basic rights of our nation, that is, the right to freely choose and be chosen.'' Mohsen Mirdamadi, one of the leading reformist MPs said today.
After the letter was read out, all the resigning MPs stood in the center of the chamber to show their determination and solidarity. (View the picture here.)
This post was much longer last night but I thought it would be better to pull out the full story of the sit-in protest for now as the whole crisis has entered a new phase with the mass resignation. Ironically, the resignation has to be accepted by MPs while with about 120 MPs leaving the parliament (from total of 290 MPs) the Majlis might lose its legitimacy to make any decisions. It is too early to analyze the situation, yet it seems that this time both conservatives and reformists are engaged in a real dangerous game.
Any possible change in the apathic mood of society may affect the course of events. Khatami's reaction can be influential as well (at least for the ready-to-resign senior officials in government.) One should not forget, though, the probable outburst of God's will via his earth correspondent, Ayatollah Khamenei!