Azerbaijan, Baku, August 23 / Trend, D. Khatinoglu, S. Isayev
Iranian people voted for Hassan Rouhani to prevent war, country's former president Hashemi Rafsanjani said, ISNA reported.
Rafsanjani made the remarks during the meeting with country's physicians and doctors on August 22.
"Iranian people worried about the future of the country, threat of probable war and hard economic conditions," Rafsanjani said. "They voted for Rouhani to make changes in Iran."
Iran's former two-time president added that if such situation would've happened in other countries, there would've been bloodshed.
It should be noted that Hassan Rouhani won the presidential elections in Iran on June 14, gathering over 50 percent of votes. He was officially sworn-in as Iran's next president on August 4.
Rafsanjani, who was a candidate for participation at the elections, was not approved by country's Guardian Council. Later, both him and another former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami both expressed support for Hassan Rouhani.
Rafsanjani further said that Iranian citizens should value their achievements, and the will showcased at the June 14 presidential elections.
"The state should join people to realize the dreams of Iranian people and to change the current situation in the country," he said.
Speaking about his disqualification during pre-elections, Rafsanjani said that even after he was disqualified, and "left the field, people continued to express desire for changes".
Rafsanjani also criticized the health situation in the country, saying that costs for medicine, medical services have increased heavily for Iranians.
Mentioning that there are a lot of professional doctors abroad, he expressed hope that obstacles betwen both people inside and outside in Iran would be removed, to "boost connection among all Iranians."