Principlists to field joint candidate in Iranian presidential election

803403_thumAli Akbar Velayati, who is a member of the pinciplist Coalition of Three and planning to contest the 2013 presidential election, said on Wednesday that principlists have reached a consensus on fielding a joint candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
The nominated candidate should have legitimacy, popular appeal and good qualification, he told students at the Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran.

Velayati is a member of the principlist Coalition of Three, along with Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, and Iranian lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel.

Also on Wednesday, another presidential hopeful Mohammad Reza Bahonar told the Mehr News Agency that the Coalition of Five has decided to reach a consensus on which one of the coalition’s members should register for the presidential race.

It is ideal that all principlist groups as well as independent candidates forge a single coalition, the deputy Majlis speaker added.

Yahya Al-e Eshaq, the chairman of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, General Inspection Office of Iran Director Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, and MP Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard are the other members of the Coalition of Five.

Hopefuls can register from May 7 to May 11 for the Islamic Republic’s 11th presidential election, which will be held on June 14.

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