Emad Afrough said in an interview with Mehr News Agency that pigeonholing figures as Principalist or Reformist is imprecise in the first place.
"The categorizations we make are unsound. We presume that one side of the society is Reformist and the other Principalist,” said he.
"There is much overlapping between these two parties. I have long said that we are talking criteria and principles. Right now there is no Principalist who is not a reformist and no Reformist who is not bound to principles. The question is which principles, the ones approved of by the system; or some other prnciple?” He demanded.
The Principalist critic asserted that the election result shows that people are for moderation, resisting extremes taken by either of the two parties.
He asserted that in such situations, "The Principalists were probably taken by the illusion that they owned the power. They were taken in by political evaluations, taken in with fantasies which weakened their sense of obligation to their coalition. People would say ‘They broke up the coalition which they were supposed to keep. Are they going to keep their word in the future?’”