Rafsanjani reluctant to announce intentions for election, son says

The son of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says his father is reluctant about announcing his intentions to run for president in the upcoming election.

Yasser Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Mashhad on Monday that the former president might toss his hat in the ring if his concerns are addressed, the Fars News Agency reported.

On Sunday, Rafsanjani, who is currently the chairman of the Expediency Council, stated that he would take measures to reform the Islamic Republic’s domestic and foreign policies if elected.

Rafsanjani served as Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997. In 2005, he ran for a third term in office, but he ultimately lost the race to his rival Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A number of political figures have expressed interest in competing in the Islamic Republic’s upcoming presidential election.

Hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11 for the country’s 11th presidential election, which will be held on June 14.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election, and the Guardian Council vets the candidates based on their qualifications.

By Press TV


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