Former Iranian president says has no plan for future elections
Tehran, Iran, July 4
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he does not intend to run for future elections.
"Here we have no plan or interest whatsoever in launching electoral campaigns. If I have a decision or duty to do something, in that case I will personally tell that to the nation in person," he said.
He made the remarks in a meeting with high-ranking officials of the ninth and tenth Iranian presidential administrations, Fars news agency reported July 4.
"After some thorough investigation, my friends and I were convinced that for the time being, we have no other responsibility or duty but to reread and explain the mode of thought prevailing the revolution, which is the mode of thought of the late Imam (Khomeini), pure Islam, and the reality of monotheism and justice," he said.
"Of course most of you know what we are busy with here and what plans we have. Some friends did not know and they wanted us to explain so that all may know. Some friends here coming from all over the country are busy planning to explain the ideals of the Islamic revolution and reread the line of the late Imam."
The former Iranian president said he and people around him are under pressure to take part in political programs such as parliamentary and presidential elections.
Elswhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad expressed pity over what he called lies and unfounded claims being published in the press.
"It seems everyone is free to write and publish all sorts of lies, accusations, and slander against the ninth and tenth administrations, me, and my friends," he stated.
"They publish fake news in bulletins, websites, and newspapers and they even make stories. A friend today narrated a full story from a newspaper which was made up from A to Z. First they publish false news and then, based on ill inductions, they make stories. This is a very bad situation."