Iran’s former President Khatami declares support for candidate Rohani

Iran’s former President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami has announced his support for presidential candidate Hassan Rohani.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Khatami said that, due to the responsibility he feels toward the country and the fate of the Iranian nation, he would vote for Rohani in the June 14 presidential election.

Khatami expressed gratitude for his former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, who withdrew from the presidential race on Monday to increase the reformist camp’s chances of winning.

Aref said he had made the decision after consultations with Khatami.

Rohani, who is currently the director of the Iranian Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, will be competing with Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

Another candidate, former Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel also withdrew his candidacy bid earlier.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

By Press TV


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