Mohammadreza Bahonar said in an interview with Khaneye Mellat "There were many strong points about Ahmadinejad during his presidency, but, as in executive matters, he does not think collectively in party matters. Although he is intelligent, for his self-centered decisions he cannot create a powerful current in the country.”
Bahonar also provided comments on Ahmadinejad’s silence over presidential elections and said "Silence is a good approach. Despite all his disagreements with the Majlis, he is a devout figure who cares for the Revolution. Looking at the issue optimistically, we think that Ahmadinejad appraised things and decided to keep silent. We prayed that the landing gears would open duly so that the plane would land easily. Ahmadinejad is probably doing accordingly.”
He added "After the Reform period a couple of good things happened in the Principalist side, thee Principalists resuming the scene unified. But 2005 marked the beginning of separation, which was set off strenuously by Ahmadinejad who diverged from the Principalist spectrum.”
"In the past 16 years, during the Reform and Ahmadinejad administrations, a vibe of radicalism prevailed the administrations. The election of Rouhani as President was not expected. People are tired of extremists and have voted for moderation. Rouhani is of such nature. Resolving problems, moderation, not using radicals in the cabinet, and tapping all political currents were not to be found among the things spoken to attract votes,” he believed
Bahonar also pointed to the Principalist electoral defeat and said that there is much disagreement within the Principalist current and that the Principalist party needs reconstruction.