Friday, 1 February 2013

Iran Live Coverage: Tehran Mayor --- Why We Are Engineering the Presidential Election

0600 GMT: Engineering the Elections Watch. Days after the Supreme Leader's top advisor Ali Akbar Velayati explained why a three-man committee is choosing the "right" candidate to win June's Presidential election, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf --- like Velayati, a member of the committee, added his comments:

It does not seem that the necessity of cooperation and unity, which has been continuously emphasized by Imam [Khomeini] and the Supreme Leader and is desired by the people, needs further explanation or emphasis.

We believe that in order to jump to the status that is befitting of the country and its people we have no option other than to move wisely and in unity based on a plan for realization of progress and justice. This comprehensive and systematic project must be presented to the nation beforehand, and after their vote and its confirmation, a total mobilization of capabilities and experienced and efficient teams will be implemented.

The three-member coalition of principlists has been formed based on this principle and is close to introducing the most qualified, acceptable, and capable choice in the current sensitive situation.

Qalibaf did not reveal whether the committee --- which also includes Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, the leader of the principlists in Parliament and a member of the Supreme Leader's inner circle --- would choose one of its three members as the "right" man or whether it was looking farther.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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