Daughter of Iran’s late leader Imam Khomeini supports Roohani in presidential race
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.11/ Trend F.Eminli
The Women's Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran has announced its support for Hassan Roohani in the upcoming presidential race, the Aftab News Website reported.
Zahra Mostafavi, daughter of Iran's late leader Imam Khomeini, is the Secretary General of the Women's Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In an official statement, the Women's Society Islamic Republic of Iran announced that, "due to the high qualifications of Dr Hassan Roohani and his vast positive experience, we invite all Iranian to participate in the June 14 elections and vote for Mr. Roohani."
The Women's Society Islamic Republic of Iran is a women's organisation in Iran whose stated goal is to introduce 'genuine Islamic culture', supporting 'the rights of the oppressed' and facing 'out superpowers' imperial culture, racism and Zionism', along with enhancing women's 'scientific, intellectual and cultural capabilities', women's rights and 'increased women's participation'.
It is while another reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref last night withdrew his candidacy in favour of Roohani.
In a statement on his website, the reformist hopeful said that he made the decision after a request by former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami.
Aref said he relinquished his right to the benefit of the great Iranian nation and described the decision as a manifestation of genuine reformism. He also called on the nation to take part in the elections en masse.
Iran will hold the eleventh presidential election on June 14, 2013.
Voters will select the successor to the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is unable to participate in the elections for a third term according to the country's constitutional laws.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. The Guardian Council has vetted the candidates for qualifications.