It is time to think the unthinkable. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's controversial aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, has a chance of winning the presidential election in June.
Mostafa Kavakebian, the secretary general of the pro-reform Mardomsalari party (Democracy Party), officially announced that he will run in the presidential election due on June 14.
Kavakebian, a former MP, made the announcement in a news conference in Tehran on Saturday, saying that he has set no condition for his participation in the election, except for the strict implementation of the law.
With all candidates to be vetted by authorities and an opposition boycott on the cards, one of the most important battles in the upcoming Iranian presidential election is likely to be about turnout.
Former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, who is a member of the three-strong principlist coalition planning to contest the 2013 presidential election, outlined the coalition’s policies during a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.
Velayati said that the coalition, which also consists of MP Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, had established three specialized working groups.
Manouchehr Mottaki, a former Iranian foreign minister and deputy head of the Followers of the Path of Imam Front, announced on Tuesday February 26 that he will run in the 2013 presidential campaign.
Mottaki had been a foreign minister in the Ahmadinejad administration until he was abruptly dismissed during Ahmadinejad’s second term, even as Mottaki was carrying out a mission in Senegal.
The unprecedented dismissal was later linked to disputes with the president.
The Islamic Revolution Resistance Front has said it will definitely field a candidate for the June presidential election.
Iranian media report that three reformist figures have visited Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.
The Etemad daily wrote on Monday: “Majid Ansari, a member of the Expediency Council, Abdolvahid Mousavi Lari, who was interior minister in Mohammad Khatami’s reformist government, and Eshagh Jahangiri, who was industry minister in the reformist government, are the three who appear to have gone as reformist representatives” to visit Ayatollah Khamenei.
The Iranian president says if the U.S. “stops aiming a gun at the people of Iran”, he will personally begin talks with that country.
At a ceremony marking the 34th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Iranian media report that AMahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledged the change in the statements coming from the U.S. and said there is a possibility that talks could be held in the light of “respect and justice.”
Said Mortazavi, ex fiscal general de Teherán y un importante aliado del presidente iraní Mahmud Ahmadineyad, fue detenido anteanoche, sin que se haya explicado el motivo. Aunque Mortazavi tiene una causa abierta por la muerte de tres detenidos durante las protestas de 2009, todo parece indicar que su inopinado envío a prisión es, sin embargo, un nuevo capítulo del enfrentamiento entre Ahmadineyad y el presidente del Parlamento, Ali Lariyani.
Four months before the next presidential election, Iran's conservative establishment is facing a security threat: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Four years ago, a controversial election that reinstated President Ahmadinejad brought millions of Iranians into a face-to-face confrontation with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Now, it is Ahmadinejad who is coming face-to-face with the very man who lifted him out of obscurity and granted him worldwide fame and unparalleled support against all pillars of the Islamic Republic.
In six months' time Iranians will go to the polls to elect a new president.
Although the campaign does not officially start until March, there has already been much speculation about who will be competing in the race to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
After a year dominated by infighting between supporters and opponents of Mr Ahmadinejad, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has warned politicians not to engage in early electioneering.
|Chairman of Expediency Discernment Council and the most serious critic of Ahmadinejad says some people have tried to disrupt his relations with the Supreme Leader. “We usually talk, and we are very comfortable in our relationship.”|
|The Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union emphasized the right of Iran and other Muslim countries to peaceful use of nuclear technology in a statement issued at the end of its two-day meeting in Khartoum on Tuesday.|
The members also condemned the assassination of nuclear scientists of Muslims countries, the Persian service of IRNA reported.
|The head of Iran Presidency international affairs office reported of the cancellation of the president’s trip to Turkey due to preoccupations in job.|
Mohammad Reza Forghani, head of Iran Presidency international affairs office told news of the president’s revocation of his plan to travel to Turkey.
Forghani counted the revocation due to engagement.
Two major events recently took place within the recondite realm of Iranian power politics that on initial view may appear to stand in contradiction. First, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that while the Majles was justified in passing a motion to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the floor of the parliament, "It is enough. Any further insistence on this motion will encourage the enemies of the nezaam," or ruling system.
Seven months left for the presidential elections in Iran, some analysts speculate that a number of banned newspapers will be allowed to republish and a number of prominent political prisoners will be released prior to the June 2013 elections with the goal of creating public enthusiasm to vote, individuals close to the supreme leader of the Islamic regime have said that the next president must be more coordinated with the leader.
Iranian lawmakers have once again launched a motion to impeach Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Iranian supreme leader said the US and Zionists' hands can be seen behind the move, and said if Washington statesmen claim to be not involved in this sacrilege of Islam and Islamic values, they should punish those who have designed and orchestrated the move.