Source: Tehran Times
Mohammad Reza Aref, who has been mentioned as a possible reformist candidate in the 2013 presidential election, has said that the country is in need of moderates.
Mohammad Reza Aref
At the present juncture, the society is in need of "moderation" and "moderate" forces, Aref, who formerly served as vice president under Mohammad Khatami, stated during a meeting with a number of members of the Popular Front of Reforms.
Commenting on the principlist and reformist camps, he said, "In both camps, there are conscientious people who are loyal to the causes. There have been some differences of opinion, but through the exercise of patience, the potential of these two camps can be utilized to lead the society toward the causes of the revolution. However, there are extremist people in both camps."
Aref, who is a member of the Expediency Council, added that reformism is a "genuine current" of the revolution and reformists can never be "irresponsible" and should have the right to play a role in determining the country's destiny.
He went on to say that the reformists cannot be "pushed aside" because this would harm the country's interests.
"At the moment, the reformists see no platform for their participation. Thus, it would be better if the situation is improved so that reformist parties can find the opportunity to participate (in the election)," Aref said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the former vice president stated that the people do not have the necessary enthusiasm to go to the polls and the situation should be improved.
He added that a number of the problems facing the country are mismanagement, circumventing the law, too many reshuffles, constant changes to the government's economic policies, taking measures based on personal decisions when it comes to the implementation of development plans, and obstructionist measures.
If the reformists decide to contest the election, they will definitely come to win it, Aref noted.
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