Iranian ex-president Rafsanjani: Next president should be moderate and experienced in executive affairs
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 11/ Trend F.Eminli
Former Iranian president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that the next president should be moderate and should be experienced in executive affairs, ILNA reported.
He seriously warned that extremism may lead to the repetition of mistakes which were happening over the past eight years.
"Mismanagements in recent years and deviations from the Islamic Revolution's goals encouraged enemies to intensify sanctions against the country," he noted.
Rafsanjani, who is the chairman of the Expediency Council, said that the current situation is not any harder than that which was observed in the country after the Iran-Iraq war.
After being disqualified by the Guardian Council for the presidential election, Rafsanjani slammed the Iranian authorities.
"The Iranian authorities are narrow minded. Those who voted for my disqualification lack knowledge of the current situation in the country, and I don't know where they're going with this kind of approach," he said during the meeting with his supporters.
Rafsanjani was a speaker of the Iranian parliament for 10 years, then served 8 years as country's president, and is currently the head of the Expediency Council of Iran.
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 in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.
There are 6 active 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, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.
Over 420 journalists from 39 countries will be covering the presidential elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to country's Public Relations and Information Center of Ministry of Culture.
Such countries as Azerbaijan, Germany, Australia, Russia, Japan, UK, UAE, France, Turkey, Iraq, Ukraine, USA, Syria, China will be covering the elections in Iran.