Iran reformist presidential candidate Aref meets Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.9/ Trend F.Eminli/
Iran reformist presidential candidate Mohammad-Reza Aref has recently met with former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and presented a report on his presidential campaign, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Aref criticized immoral behavior of some of the candidates during presidential debates, his election headquarters head Hassan Rasouli told Mehr.
Aref is a follower of former reformist president Mohammad Khatami and will accept his viewpoints, Rasouli said.
On June 4, the Tasnim News Agency reported that former Iranian reformist presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami have different points of view on reformist candidates Hassan Rohani and Mohammad-Reza Aref.
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.
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].
Mohammad-Reza Aref, who was vice-president of 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.
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.