Iran’s Leader: Only Qualified Candidates Can Enter the 2013 Presidential Race

Iran's Leader in a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts.

Iran’s supreme leader said on Thursday only those who pass The Guardian Council of Constitution assessment, will be able to become candidates in 2013 presidential election.

 

Ayatollah Khamenei called the presidential election in Iran one of the most standard and open elections in the world.

 

“Some try to portrait vetting in the election as a malfunction in the Islamic Republic. But this is a amateur and non-technical statement, because assessment of candidates and examining their merit is relevant in democracies around the world,” he said in a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts.

 

He said the point of candidate assessment in the election is that only those who are qualified enough to the people for voting can enter.

 

“Members of the Guardian Council of Constitution should act according to sets of laws and at the end, those who were qualified enough can enter the presidential race.” He added.

 

He said people’s participation in the future election would be influential and added, “With God’s help and his almighty consideration, people will begin to take part as we get closer to the election day.

 

The eleventh election of the President of Iran is scheduled to be held on 14 June 2013 to elect the seventh President, successor of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from standing for a third term.

 

Mousavi and Karoubi, Ahmadinejad’s opponents in the 2009 election, claimed fraud in voting and refused to accept the outcome.

 

Their refusal and false claim resulted in months of crisis and detention of reformists leaders.

 2013 presidential election is crucial since reformists and their supporters are trying to make a path for release of their leaders and take their chances in reaching power.

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