Ex-president: Free, transparent and fair elections required to balance situation in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 24th / Trend, T. Jafarov /
Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that it is necessary to conduct free, transparent and fair elections to balance the situation in the country, the Iranian agency İLNA said today.
"If free, transparent and legitimate elections are held, political activists and the people will agree with the results and assist the state in solving the country's problems", chairman of the Advisory Board Rafsanjani said at a meeting with members of the Islamic Associations of Tehran and Tabriz universities.
He added that balancing the situation in the country is the only way to solve problems.
In the country, Rafsanjani's children Mehdi and Faiza Al-Hashimi have been repeatedly accused of causing disorder over the results of the presidential elections in June of 2009.
Hashemi has been under arrest ever since his arrival in Tehran from the UK in September. After a three-year stay in the UK, Hashemi returned to Tehran, and was taken to Evin Prison after being arrested.
Hashemi was arrested on charges of corruption and propaganda against the state. Like his father and sister, Hashemi is a fierce critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and did not acknowledge his re-election in the 2009 Presidential Vote.
Rafsanjani's daughter Faiza was sentenced to a six month jail term in January on similar propaganda charges. She was later imprisoned.