Iranian Guardian Council's spokesman dismisses news regarding Hassan Rouhani's possible disqualification
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 10 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iranian Guardian Council's spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei has rejected the earlier news about presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani's possible disqualification, Fars news agency reported.
"It's not true that his candidacy will get disqualified," Kadkhodaei said.
"Despite that we didn't have this kind of situation before, the 58th article of the constitution of Iran does say that the Guardian Council can review a particular presidential candidacy," he explained.
"What we can do is to issue a note to the candidate to straighten his methods of campaigning," Kadhodaei said, adding that the previously published news regarding Rouhani were bogus.
Previously, Mehr reported citing an anonymous source that that the reason why Rouhani might be disqualified is because during the TV debates with other candidates, he disclosed confidential information regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Another reason for a possible disqualification of Rouhani is the slogans that his supporters chant, according to the source.
The source also said that it is possible for the Guardian Council to study this issue today, and make a decision on whether Rouhani can continue the presidential race or not.
Fars news agency on the other hand reported citing its own anonymous source that there are other reasons why Hassan Rouhani can get disqualified.
Among those reasons, according to the Fars news agency's source, are: support for Iranian opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and revealing sensitive information.
In an answer to these articles, news website close to Rouhani himself, AftabNews said that these news articles are "suspicious" and are aimed to stop Rouhani from participating in the presidential race.
Rouhani is competing against Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, secretary of Iran Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.
On June 14, Iranians will go to over 66,000 polling stations across the country to cast their votes, while some 285 polling stations will be set up for Iranian nationals in other countries.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.