Rezaii, A'lami register as presidential candidates

TEHRAN, May 7 (MNA) – Expediency Council secretary Mohsen Rezaii, and former reformist lawmaker Akbar A'lami visited the Interior Ministry on Friday and officially registered as nominees in the presidential race.

The five-day registration period opened on 5 May.

 

The other two reformist candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi are expected to refer to the Interior Ministry today and officially register.

 

The Guardian Council, an electoral watchdog body, will release the names of qualified candidates after five days.

 

Rezaii who declared candidacy on April 29 told reporters that he will restore the Management and Planning Organization as country’s specialized think tank, if he wins the race.

 

The former IRGC commander noted that if he was sure that the current candidates could resolve the country’s problem, he would not have run for the post. He added he is contesting elections as an independent and is adamant in his candidacy.

 

A'lami told reporters that although the Constitution suffers from some weak points it still contains some positive points that can provide the ground to resolve problems facing the nation.

 

Alami said that group who is in power is unable to change the current situation as it has created it itself. He added that just a person who is out of this group can change the situation with the help of people.

 

The former MP who was barred from running in the previous parliamentary and presidential elections said Iran should try to develop friendly relationship with other countries.

 

MP says principlists’ mission is still incomplete 

 

In an indirect reference to the two four-year presidency by Mohammad Khatami, MP Alireza Zakani said reformists failed in their mission to run the country properly.

 

However, he said principlists are still in the middle of their mission, arguing that disharmony among different organizations has prevented principlists from realizing their desired goals.

 

Talking to students in Tehran, Zakani said that people should know that which approach would best serve the country.

 

 Mousavi seeking change

 

Hadi Khaniki, a former reformist presidential advisor in the Khatami administration, stated on Friday that Mir Hossein Mousavi decided to enter the presidential race as he felt a need to make necessary reforms including a commitment to observe the Constitution.

 

Talking to Mousavi’s supporters in Ahvaz, Khaniki said that the nation is paying for the sanctions that are imposed on the country.

 

MB/PA

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MNA

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