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Failure to pick frontrunners could split vote: Iranian hopefuls

Many Iranian Reformist, Principlist and independent hopefuls say the failure to choose frontrunners could split the vote in the upcoming presidential election, Press TV reports.

Reformist presidential hopeful, Mohammad-Reza Aref, told Press TV on Sunday that the group will pick its frontrunner after the Guardian Council publishes a final list of approved candidates.

“The general assembly of Reformists has, for the time being, come up with four names for the race. Once approved by the Guardian Council, the assembly will then pick a frontrunner,” Aref said.

Presidential hopeful, Hassan Rohani, also said he plans “to run as an independent candidate” in the June 14 election, adding, “I have a two-phase economic plan. It aims at restoring stability and growth to the economy.”

Principlist groups have also not picked their frontrunner either as many of their members have signed up for the race.

Some Iranian presidential hopefuls believe that the successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will take over a country with a slow growing economy, while others have different points of view.

Principlist hopeful, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, from the Coalition of Three said, “What has happened to the country for the current situation is not what this country and its people deserve. We have more potentials than this. We can save the country if we return to the culture of … self-sacrifice that we once had in the 1980s.”

Another Principlist hopeful, Alireza Zakani, also pledged to “make use of all the existing potentials” to solve the country’s economic issues.

The registration for the 11th presidential election of Iran ended on Saturday after 686 individuals signed up for the race.

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

By Press TV


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