Rafsanjani meets Leader ahead of polls

Iran Materials 11 June 2009 14:18 (UTC +04:00)

Following an open letter to the Leader, on the need to ensure a fair election, by Iran's veteran political figure Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, reports have emerged of a quickly-arranged meeting between the two, Press TV reported.

One day after Rafsanjani's open letter was published in the media, the Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday afternoon, the reformist Etemad-e-Melli daily reported on Thursday.

In his letter Rafsanjani, who -- along with a number of other senior officials -- was accused by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of serious financial corruption, asked the Leader take necessary measure to promote national unity ahead of the elections.

Once news of Rafsanjani's three-hour meeting with the Leader was released, sources close to him described the outcome of the meeting as 'positive', according to Etemad-e-Melli.

Similar reports also appeared in other reformist websites, indicating that Rafsanjani had left the meeting convinced that he had achieved his aim.

"This meeting has been one of my more constructive meetings with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution," Ayandeh news agency quoted Rafsanjani as saying.

With just hours remaining until the polls open in Iran, the political climate has simmered down after days of intense campaigning.

The candidates have stopped their electioneering in accordance with a law that prohibits all campaigning 24 hours prior to the elections.

The polls will open on 8 a.m. on Friday morning, and the results are expected 24 hours after the polls end.

In addition to the incumbent president Ahmadinejad who is seeking a second four-year term, the country's last prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a former speaker of parliament, Mehdi Karroubi and the Secretary of the Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaie are vying for the public's votes.