Tehran, Iran, Aug. 19
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
The next parliament will not belong to one party or group, this is favored by the Supreme Leader and is asserted in the Constitution, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
Speaking during a meeting with governor-generals from across Iran, Rouhani said it is impossible for any political group to claim to be able to form a parliament according to its own preferences, IRNA news agency reported August 19.
"It is not like somebody could say they have found some dye and are going to dye all over the place with it," he stated.
"This is the Islamic Republic of Iran and it has a constitution. We have no place in this country to disqualify experienced, caring people who want to use their knowledge in the service of the country, whatever political affiliation they may come from."
He went on to underline that the Guardian Council is only a monitoring agent rather than an executive body, with no power to change the circumstances of elections.
Rouhani's speech comes as Iran is preparing to hold a new round of parliamentary elections on February 26.
Numerous political figures from the principlist side have often urged a principlist majority in the next parliament.
However, they are rivaled by a wide spectrum of perspectives starting with the reform side, whose representatives also have comprehensive plans for the elections.
Besides these two groups, many expect the followers of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to loom large in the upcoming elections also.
Edited by CN