Iranian police to use new structure for security at upcoming presidential elections

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Iranian police will be using the "honorary police" structure units at the upcoming presidential elections in the country, Iran's Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam said, ISNA reported.

Moghaddam noted that the people are currently being trained by the police for the upcoming elections, and to be able to handle special assignments, if necessary.

Moghaddam made the remarks at the meeting with the country's police units.

He noted, that such "Honorary police" units will be assembled in Iran for the first time.

Iranians will choose their seventh president to succeed Ahmadinejad in the next year's election, which is scheduled for June 14, 2013.

The voters will select the successor of current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third straight time due to country's constitutional laws.

At Iran's 10th presidential election, held on June 12, 2009, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad run against three other candidates. IRNA news agency reported the next morning that Ahmadinejad won the election, thus becoming Iran's president for the second term.

After the elections, opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a statement and called their supporters to protest the decision.

The reformists of the opposition during the 2009 presidential elections, said that there was vote fraud during Ahmadinejad's win, who won the elections with the help from IRGC and Basij Civil Forces.

Massive protests against the outcome of the election were met with fierce repressions, during which security forces shot and killed dozens of people and thousands were arrested.

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