Tag: Mohmmad Reza Aref
the fact that Reformists could gain such a major support from the people is an undeniable reality for the political power sphere of the Islamic Republic and on the other hand this victory poses, at the same time, an opportunity and a threat for the winning Reformists.
Mohammad Reza Aref, the reformist presidential candidate who withdrew from the race in favor of the now president-elect Hassan Rowhani talked to reporters today, urging that the problems should be solved in a friendly atmosphere.
Iran Updates: Khatami Thanked The Supreme Leader, Rowhani Vowed To Empower The Islamic Republic
Rohani Meets Hashemi, Aref willing to cooperate
Hassan Rowhani held his first press conference since being elected as Iran’s new president and answered questions from Iranian and international reporters regarding his proposed policies on internal and foreign affairs.
On Monday his answers were surprising for all observers.
The most important question now is this: what happened that a non-reformist candidate is introduced as the reformist’s ultimate candidate? The most significant analysis points to a political bargain between Hashemi and Khatami to whose opinions Aref and Rowhani are faithful.
Iranians will cast their votes in the presidential election on Friday June 14th. Since the 2009 Post-election protests turned into riots, many observers suggested a sharp decline in the people’s participation in subsequent presidential elections but now, after four years Iran is witnessing a warm race between Reformist, Principalist and independent presidential candidates. A run-off round is expected as none of six remaining candidates are likely to gain 50% of ballots in polls.