An editorial in conservative Alef discusses the candidacy of Hashemi Rafsanjani: The media is entirely focused on the question of whether or not Ayatollah Hashemi will submit his candidacy. The reports of Hashemi Rafsanjani’s possible entry into the presidential race have sparked a great deal of interest in the candidates’ elections headquarters, meetings and discussions, disputes and arguments well into the night. With a change in the Ayatollah’s tone regarding his candidacy, political activists have increased their activity. Alef website received news from Khatami headquarters which, if realized, will strongly affect the calculations in many elections. The reformist camp has reached a consensus regarding the elections, and those who supported the boycott of the elections have been completely marginalized. What is this news? Hashemi and Khatami are planning to submit their candidacy together. Both will go to the Ministry of Interior on the same day and at the same time to register. Even if Khatami’s candidacy is approved, it will be interpreted on behalf of Hashemi. What will the effect of this decision be? The reformist candidates have made their stance regarding previous election events clear. Clear and accurate, but a little bit late. And yet, the regime has given the green light for reformist participation in the elections. There was concern that if they do not receive votes, they will disrupt the arena, but this fear was allayed following promises given. Not one of their candidates, however, has a chance of winning votes. The only ones who stand a chance are Hashemi and Mohammad Khatami. Hashemi enters the arena with a relatively confident atmosphere that was created by the other reformist candidates. Khatami will also declare a presence, and after his candidacy will not be approved, he will transfer all of the votes of the more extremists to Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani’s candidacy is supported by the foreign media. The BBC has recruited itself for this task, emphasized the need for the Ayatollah’s presence and will do everything it can to make sure that he receives at least 13 million votes.
Rafsanjani and Khatami to submit candidacy for presidential elections on same day
- Published: 47 days ago on Tuesday, 7 May 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: May 7, 2013 @ 11:46 am
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