Ahmadinejad says government not to interfere in elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 12 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that the country's government will not interfere in the presidential and parliamentary electoral processes, Fars reported.
Speaking about the remarks made regarding new appointments, Ahmadinejad noted that it is important to have transparent elections.
"The expression of peoples' sovereignty is very important regarding the elections. The government is not looking for interfering into the process," Ahmadinejad said.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year-long term in a national election. Candidates for the presidency must be approved by the Guardian Council.
Iranians will choose their seventh president to succeed Ahmadinejad in the next year's election, which is scheduled for June 14, 2013.
On Dec. 10, Iranian lawmaker Laleh Eftekhari said that Iran's Majlis (parliament) is set to make some important changes to the Islamic Republic's presidential electoral law.
"Election law needed to be reformed. The changes to the composition of the provincial executive board will definitely help the Interior Ministry during the whole process of elections," he said.
Ahmadinejad criticized the planned changes, saying the amendments would pave the way for the parliament's interference in the electoral process.