Mohammadreza Bahonar, First Deputy Speaker of the Iranian parliament and himself a resigned candidate, said on Sunday "We have information that although the IRGC and Basij are banned from organizational activities in support of a certain candidate, some high-ranking IRGC officials have taken a liking in Mr. Qalibaf," Mehr News Agency reports.
In another part of his speeches, he provided comments on the candidate to be endorsed by the Followers of Imam and Leadership Front on Monday afternoon, adding "This person will probably come from among Messrs. Qalibaf, Jalili, and Velayati. Of course as the Islamic Society of Engineers it is a bit difficult for us to decide, but in the end we will make decisions within the framework of the Followers of Imam and Leadership Front.”
Bahonar also pointed to the qualification results and appreciated Mr. Hashemi’s stance after his disqualification. He added "The qualification of Mr. Jalili set against the disqualification of Mr. Saidikia despite his 4 terms as minister and ranking among the valuable, devoted, revolutionary forces was very questionable.”