Iran General NewsIran ex-revolutionary guards chief to run for president

Iran ex-revolutionary guards chief to run for president

-

ImageAFP: The former head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezai announced on Wednesday that he would run for president in the June election, Mehr news agency reported.

ImageTEHRAN (AFP) — The former head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezai announced on Wednesday that he would run for president in the June election, Mehr news agency reported.

"I thought the country would not need me given the plans and goals of other candidates who are running … but I have decided to enter the election for a number of reasons," Rezai said in a statement carried by Mehr.

Rezai, a veteran conservative who headed the guards corps for 16 years to 1997, ran in the 2005 presidential election which saw hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad victorious but pulled out of the race a day before the election.

He said he felt compelled to run because Iran needs "a change in its management model."

"I feel alarmed by lost economic, social, political and cultural opportunities inside the country, in the region and the world," Rezai said in the statement.

"The country is threatened by unemployment, inflation, poverty and drugs, weakening of political ethics and emergence of disunity between the government and different ethnic groups and between Shiite and Sunni."

Ahmadinejad has faced mounting criticism from rival reformists and fellow conservatives mainly over his handling of the economy and soaring inflation which has topped 25 percent despite Iran's windfall oil revenues over the past years.

Rezai is the first conservative to challenge Ahmadinejad in the June 12 polls.

Other candidates include former parliament speaker and reformist cleric Mehdi Karroubi and former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, also a reformist.

Ahmadinejad has set up a campaign team for the elections without yet formally announcing he will run.

 

Latest news

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the...

Iran’s Regime Is Unable To Eradicate Protests

Totalitarian governments, whether be it a monarchy or a clerical regime, and their international supporters are pursuing the same...

Must read

Germany Urges Iran to Give Guarantees Over Nuclear Program

Bloomberg: German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer urged Iran to...

Stevenson: Evict Iranian proxies who contaminate Iraqi politics

Bold changes in Iraq, including eviction of all "Iranian...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you