Iran going through critical days: Haddad-Adel

Presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel speaks in Tehran on May 27, 2013.

Presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel says Iran is going through critical days because the upcoming election will determine the country’s direction for the next four years.

The principlist candidate told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday that the next president should have the strengths of his predecessor because he will have to prop up the strong points of the Islamic Revolution and reduce its problems.

Haddad-Adel also said Iran is the most politically independent country in the world, and no one can claim otherwise.

He stressed that public participation is the key to national development and growth.

Haddad-Adel is facing seven rivals in the upcoming election, including Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

Iranians will go to the polls in the nation’s 11th presidential election on June 14. Over 66,000 polling stations will be set up across the country. Expatriates will also be able to cast ballots at 285 polling stations that will be set up in their respective countries.

By Press TV


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