Iran Election Watch: Aref & Hadda-Adel quit presidential race

4 days to the presidential vote, election stories are as follows: Aref and Hadda-Adel stepping aside of presidential race; Guardian Council spokesman rejecting reports of re-vetting  Rowhani and pressures on Jalili to quit election race.

 

Reform Coalition Committee’s final decision: Aref’s withdrawal in favor of Rowhani

Reform Coalition Committee has finally decided that Mohammad Reza Aref steps aside in favor of Hassan Rowhani, Asr Iran quoted an informed source as saying.

Reportedly, the committee has held extensive talks on how best to enter the June 14th vote.

 

Candidate Haddad-Adel pulls out of presidential race

According to Mehr, Iranian presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel withdrew his candidacy from Iran’s June 14 presidential election, asking Iranian nation to strictly observe the criteria of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution when they vote for candidates.

 

GC spokesman denies Rowhani’s possible disqualification

Iran’s Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei has denied Iranian media reports that it was reviewing the candidacy of Centrist cleric Hassan Rohani, Asr Iran reported.

Mehr reported on Sunday that Iran’s electoral watchdog will consider on Monday whether to disqualify Hasan Rowhani, from running for president before the June 14 vote but it removed the news from its website.

 

Jalili is likely to quit election race

Pressure is mounting on Dr Saeed Jalili to withdraw from Iran’s presidential race after his poor performance at three TV debates, Shargh daily newspaper said.

Head of Jalili’s campaign said that some senior officials have had extensive talks with Saeed Jalili to convince him to step aside from the election race and he has accepted their reasoning.