Reformists team up for Rohani-Aref coalition in Iran presidential election
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.2 /Trend F.Eminli/
Najafi, who is a reformist, said the names of the members will not be disclosed for the time being.
This is while Aref and Rohani have said they will continue the presidential race till the end. But, Najafi said the group will attempt to convince them [to do a coalition].
Mohammad-Reza Aref, who was vice-president of Iranian ex-President Mohammad Khatami, is a member of the Iranian Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, as well as a member of the Consultative Council.
Rohani, a centrist candidate, is the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council.
The office of former president Mohammad Khatami issued a statement on May 26, dismissing a report which had claimed Khatami has recommended his former deputy Mohammad Reza Aref to withdraw his presidential candidacy in favor of Hassan Rohani.
The Mordomsalari Party (Democratic Party) has issued a statement, advising Aref and Rohani to do a "coalition" in order to avoid the "bitter experience" of the 2005 election in which reformists and moderate principlists were divided between four candidates namely Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mehdi Karrubi, Mostafa Moin, and Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh.
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.