Ahmadinejad not supporting any candidate, says to vote just like everyone else
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 11 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he will go to the presidential elections on the stated day, and cast his vote just like every other voter, Fars news agency reported.
"Me and my government don't support any presidential candidate. I have only one vote and I will use it, just like everyone else," the president told journalists at the airport of Iran's Khuzestan province.
Ahmadinejad himself, who has been Iran's president twice, is not part of the presidential race this year. The country is getting ready to hold the elections on June 14, 2013.
It should be noted that previously, Ahmadinejad was supporting his close ally Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who was not approved by the country's Guardian Council for participating in the elections.
Iran's Guardian Council approved the names of eight candidates for the election, banning Rahim Mashaei and Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from the race.
Yesterday, one of the candidates, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel withdrew his candidacy from the presidential race, thus there are 7 presidential candidates remaining: Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.