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Former MPs ask Tehran mayor to run for president

Mohammad Baqer QalibafTEHRAN, Jan. 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- A Tehran Municipality official stated on Sunday that some former Majlis lawmakers in a meeting with Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf had asked him to contest the June presidential election.

The meeting was held at the request of the former lawmakers in which they asked Qalibaf to express his idea "explicitly" about the candidacy, Amir Talebian, the deputy Tehran mayor for parliamentary affairs, told reporters.

"Ghalibaf has not answered the offer yet," he said.


Talebian added that Qalibaf said he is mostly focusing on city affairs but at the same said he is "sensitive" about the country's issues.


The mayor promised to express his view on the offer in a proper time, Talebian said.


Ghalibaf ran in the 2005 presidential election. However, he came fourth in the first round of election.

MP say only Karroubi candidacy is certain in reformist camp

TEHRA, Jan. 26 (Mehr News Agency) - MP Mohammad Reza Khabbaz said on Sunday that among the potential presidential candidates in the reformist camp only the candidacy of Mehdi Karroubi is certain.

Karroubi, the secretary general of the National Confidence Party, on declared his official candidacy for the presidential elections on October 12.

"From among the reformists, no one will nominate in the presidential elections but Karroubi," Khabbaz, an NCP member, told the Mehr News Agency.

Former reformist president Mohammad Khatami announced on January 12 in Ilam, western Iran, that either he or former prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi will run for the presidential post.

However, the reformist MP said the candidacy of Khatami and Mousavi are "highly unlikely".

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