0705 GMT: Early this week the Supreme Leader's top advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati, explained why and how a three-man committee was finding the right "unity" candidate to win June's Presidential election.
On Thursday, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf said, "We have no option other than to move wisely and in unity based on a plan for realization of progress and justice....[We are] close to introducing the most qualified, acceptable, and capable choice in the current sensitive situation."
Yesterday, it was the turn of the third member of the committee, leading Principlist MP Gholam Ali Haddad Adel:
In polling, we came to the conclusion that if all three of us enter the race it is possible that the principlist vote would be broken. We formed a coalition so that one person amongst these three would enter the elections and [avoid making] the same past mistake.
Haddad Adel added --- amid the regime's current warnings over talks of "free elections" --- that while
“there may be disagreement over the preference of Qalibaf and Velayati...they announced their posture after the sedition" of the protests after the disputed 2009 Presidential ballot.
Perhaps more interestingly, the MP tipped off one of the biggest challenges for the Supreme Leader's men. Admitting "economic problems" in Iran, he said, "Part...are due to the enemies’ conspiracies and sanctions, and these problems have to be managed.”
And will Haddad Adel be the chosen one to become President? He said, “We have to see what will be the result of this coalition.”