While the presidential race in Iran appears to be narrowing down between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi, two other challengers are still campaigning hard despite seemingly having little chance of winning the presidency. We present a profile of the two, dark horse candidates: former Revolutionary Guard member Mohsen Rezaei and Islamic cleric Mehdi Karroubi.
For his part, Mehdi Karroubi is making his second
run at the presidency after almost defeating Mr. Ahmadinejad in the 2005
election. Karroubi was reported to be ahead of Mr. Ahmadinejad until very late
on election night. Karroubi, who accused Iran's Revolutionary Guard of
interfering in that election, says he hopes this will not happen again.
Mohsen Rezaei is making his bid for the presidency by campaigning largely on the issue of the country's faltering economy.
"The current government's economic policies are similar to a derailed train," said Rezaei.
He promises to heal the economy. He also pledges to increase the participation of women and youth in key positions of society while strengthening ancient Persian principles.
His emphasis is on forming a coalition government, which would include Iranian minorities and ethnic groups, not just political opposition groups.
Rezaei, a former commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, now serves as the Vice Chairman of the Expediency Council, which oversees disputes between the different branches of the government.
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