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06/03/13

Iran Presidential Elections: Reformist candidate Aref says will not form coalition with Rohani

Source: Press TV

Iranian Reformist presidential candidate Mohammad Reza Aref says he has no intention of forming a coalition with rival candidate Hassan Rohani for the June 14 vote. In an interview with the Mehr New Agency on Sunday, Aref said he would stay in the presidential race "to the end."

 
Iranian presidential candidates Mohammad Reza Aref (L) and Hassan Rohani
Source: Sharqh daily

"If elected president, I will form working groups and interact with the elite in various sectors in the country and announce my plans," Aref, a former first vice president, said.

Stating that a million job opportunities need to be created in Iran every year, the reformist candidate underlined the importance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the process of job creation.

"ICT should create some 200,000 direct job opportunities in the country [annually]," the presidential candidate said.

Aref faces seven rivals: Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

 

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