Iran official: situation sensitive, no need for presidential elections to go into second round

Iran official: situation sensitive, no need for presidential elections to go into second round

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 30 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Situation in the country is currently very sensitive, Special advisor for international affairs to the Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati said, Mehr reported.

"For the upcoming presidential elections, Conservatives should avoid any controversial moves," Velayati said, adding that there's no need for the elections to go into second round, because it is unclear what can happen.

Next presidential elections in Iran are slated to be held on 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.

Velayati, a former Foreign Minister of Iran, also said that some political figures in the country have been speaking about the "free elections".

"They talk about the free elections, while the elections themselves haven't even started yet," Velayati said. " They question the legitimacy of the elections even before they actually begin."

"It is a question of unity among conservatives. There is some intrigue going on between them, however they all should be put aside," he added, mentioning the post 2009 presidential elections in the country.

Mentioning his three-man coalition with Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, Velayati said that the purpose of the coalition is to choose a worthy candidate for the upcoming elections.

"We stand for people, not parties. If there's a candidate that believes in the constitution, trusts the Supreme Leader, Islam, and the Republic, then we will support him, regardless if he's in the coalition or outside of it," Velayati noted.

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