Rouhani election headquarters voices concern over arrest of people in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.5/ Trend F.Eminli
The election headquarters of the Iranian presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani has issued a statement, expressing concern over the recent arrest of people in the Jamaran mosque in Tehran, the Mehr News Agency reported.
The Iranian police arrested a number of people during a promotional meeting of presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani on Saturday.
Saeedollah Badashti, the head of the headquarters of the young followers of Hassan Rouhani, was among the arrested people, the reformist website Kalame wrote.
The Mehr News Agency also reported that people chanted revolutionary slogans, supporting Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two candidates who protested the results of 2009 presidential election. The people also voiced support for Hassan Rouhani.
Before the meeting, hundreds of people chanted slogans, including "Our detained leaders should be freed", and "Political prisoners should be freed."
"With your support, we will open all the locks which have been fastened upon people's life during the past eight years. You - dear students and hero youth - are the ones who have come to restore the national economy and improve living standards of people. We will back our country to the dignity of the past," Rouhani said during his speech at the Jamaran Mosque.
Rohani, a centrist candidate, is the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council.
He has said the current state of affairs in the economy is the outcome of extremist views of economic, cultural, social and political issues.
He said helping resolve all outstanding economic problems was his motive for entering the presidential race.
He argued that instead of adopting extremist approaches on domestic and foreign fronts, the next administration needs to forge some kind of alliance with all branches of the government as well as the elite.
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.