Iran's ex-president says will participate in elections if Supreme Leader consents

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Publish Date: 13:38 - 06 May 2013
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TEHRAN, YJC. -- Iranian ex-president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said he will participate in the upcoming presidential elections if Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei consents.
"I will not enter the contest without the consent of him (the Supreme Leader), because if he does not agree, the result will not be favorable," Rafsanjani added.

If a discrepancy occurs between me and the Supreme Leader, all of us will suffer losses, he noted.

Earlier this month, Rafsanjani said that people seek a change in the method of running the country, not just changing a person.

Official registration of candidates for Iran's upcoming presidential elections started on May 7, and will last until May 11.

From May 12-16, Iran's Guardian Council will look into the each candidate, and determine whether a candidate is eligible for participating.

If a candidate, for some reason is not eligible for participating in the elections according to the Guardian Council, then from May 17-21, that candidate will have time to protest the decision.

Iran's Interior Ministry will unveil the names of the candidates which are competitive enough to participate in the elections on May 22-23.

After the candidates have been determined, the pre-election campaigns would begin on May 24, and end on June 12.

Up until today over 25 politicians have expressed their willingness to participate at the upcoming country's elections.

It has been announced that Iran will hold the 11th presidential election on June 14, 2013.

The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.

MNA
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