Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.4/ Trend F.Eminli/
Former Iranian reformist presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami have different points of view on reformist candidates Hassan Rohani and Mohammad-Reza Aref, the Tasnim News Agency reported.
Hashemi is reportedly deciding to introduce his favorite Rohani, and Khatami is unhappy with the decision.
Many reformists believe that Rohani and Aref will not be the ones to satisfy Hashemi and Khatami.
Some preliminary polls indicate that Aref is ahead of his reformist rival Rohani by 15 percent.
A 7-member group of reformists in Iran has been formed to for the coalition of Aref and Rohani, the Fars News Agency quoted Tehran City Councilor Mohammad-Ali Najafi as saying.
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].
Hassan Rohani is not the sole candidate of the reformist front in the upcoming presidential election in Iran, the Fars News Agency quoted Rohani's election campaign headquarters head Eqbal Abbasi as saying.
Moderate individuals are inclined to vote for Rohani, he added.
He said another reformist candidate Mohammad-Reza Aref will certainly step aside in favor of Rohani.
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.
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.