Ahmad Khatami advises candidates to avoid giving hollow promises

TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) – Ahmad Khatami, a senior member of the Experts Assembly, has warned presidential candidates to avoid giving hollow promises especially on major foreign policy issues which is constitutionally outside the authority of president.

In an interview with the Mehr News Agency, Khatami said, “For example, having relations with America or not is related to the Vali Faqih (Supreme Leader).” He added candidate themselves also know that president does not have “this power without a coordination with the Supreme Leader.”


“Why do they give such slogans?” he asked.


The cleric said a person who seeks the presidential post must be the most law-abiding person.


“Candidates who talk about changing the length of military service should know that such issues are concerned with the Armed Forces Command Headquarters and is outside president’s authority.”


Mohsen Reazii, a conservative presidential candidate and former IRGC commander, has vowed to reduce obligatory military services from 18 months to 12 months if he wins the June polls.


Khatami also advised presidential aspirants to avoid sullying the reputation of their rivals, saying such behaviors are “highly undesirable.”


He asked candidates to be “fair” in criticizing the current situation, saying presenting a “gloomy picture” of the country is below the “dignity” of presidential candidates.


“A constructive criticism is seeing (both) positive and negative points and presenting solutions.”






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