Iranian presidential candidate Rouhani might get disqualified prior to elections

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Azerbaijan, Baku, June 10 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Iranian presidential candidate might get disqualified prior to the upcoming presidential elections, Mehr news agency reported.

An anymous source told Mehr that the reason why Rouhani might be disqualified is because during the TV debates with other candidates, he disclosed confidential information regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Another reason for a possible disqualification of Rouhani is the slogans that his supporters chant, according to the source.

The source also said that it is possible for the Guardian Council to study this issue today, and make a decision on whether Rouhani can continue the presidential race or not.

Fars news agency on the other hand reported citing its own anonymous source that there are other reasons why Hassan Rouhani can get disqualified.

Among those reasons, according to the Fars news agency's source, are: support for Iranian opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and revealing sensitive information.

Iranian police arrested a number of people during a promotional meeting of presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani at the Jamaran Mosque in Tehran a week ago.

The Mehr News Agency reported that people chanted revolutionary slogans, supporting Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two candidates who protested at results of the 2009 presidential election. The people also voiced support for Hassan Rouhani.

Fars news agency's source said those are the reasons the Guardian Council can review Rouhani's participation in the presidential race, and disqualify him, if deems it necessary.

In an answer to these articles, news website close to Rouhani himself, AftabNews said that these news articles are "suspicious" and are aimed to stop Rouhani from participating in the presidential race.

Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi compete in the upcoming election.

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.

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