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Rafsanjani says situation in Iran is sensitive, warns against extremism

Tehran, July 1, IRNA-Tehran's Interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here said, "Current situation is sensitive and problems are so serious that we should avoid any kind of extremism."

"Without coordination and refraining from radicalism and immature decisions, the country may hurt", said Rafsanjani in his second sermon to thousands of worshipers, who had gathered at Tehran University campus.

Rafsanjani who lost recent presidential election to his rival Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "I have achieved two of my three objectives in the election, which were high level of turnout as well as choosing a president with high level of votes".

He went on to say that his third goal was preventing conflict and discord among the forces of revolution adding,"achievement of this depends on what we do in the future."

Referring to calumnies against him during the presidential election, Rafsanjani said, "Letters and messages of those who have done these things and now regret it are flooding toward my office".

He said, "Last year, in a gathering of seminary schools students I said for the first time that before the revolution I was relatively rich, but after the revolution and now my own wealth and my family's is less than what it was before the revolution".

"This is a pride for the revolution that the officials of the country who have had the power, instead of collecting money, have donated their wealth", the interim Friday prayers leader said.

Iran's former president said his wealth had been audited twice by the judiciary and in the last time the chief of the judiciary admitted that it had been decreased.

Expediency Council chief concluded, "We should move towards rendering services to the nation and do not waste our time on such issues."

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