Mohammadreza Aref has in an interview with Modiriat Ertebatat on Sunday advised Hassan Rouhani to use Ahmadinejad’s consultation in his administration.
Providing comments on his running for presidency, Aref said "Initially, I announced my decision for voting, and not candidacy, I said I will take part in the elections. With this I intended to oppose the extreme ideas that existed in parts of the Reform Current where some were after banning elections. It was a high-risk job to convey people’s demands and hardships; and at the same time avoid making trouble and keep off my devotional red lines. It is a very tough job. National security, interests, and integrity were essentials for me.”
Answering a question regarding his affairs with Ahmadinejad if elected President, he said "I think that former presidents must not take any executive positions, no way. But all of them must be made use of as high consultants. My advice for Mr. Rouhani is to use all senior figures of the system in their own positions. We must tap the entire country’s potentials in eliminating people’s hardships. If it is otherwise we will fail. The Principalists’ experience of 8 years showed, and I stressed the fact very often in the debates, that a homogenized country will not do. Even if it is the Reformists it will be the same, it will not do.”