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April 14, 2021

Gharazi: If I Become President, I Will Reduce Inflation to Zero

Independent candidate Mohammad Gharazi stated in an interview that if elected, he would reduce inflation to zero. Inflation has long been a problem for the Iranian economy, due to sanctions and economic mismanagement. When asked how he would achieve this, Gharazi said that he would “deprive the rent-seekers of political power; the political, economic and nefarious rent-seekers must be pushed back so that the people can take their place, and this is a very simple step”. Gharazi was previously a surprise candidate in the 2013 election who made similar claims then as now.

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April 14, 2021

Hashemi: Ahmadinejad asked me to Run with Him

Prominent female candidate, Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, told Hamshahri that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had asked her to run on his ticket as his Vice-President, but she had refused because of the events of the 2009 Election, particularly as Ahmadinejad had repeatedly insulted her father, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, during that period. Hashemi said that “people might change, but if Mr. Ahmadinejad had changed, he should have first apologized” before approaching her.

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April 14, 2021

Zibakalam: Who will Ultimately be the Principalist Candidate

Esteemed political scientist, Prof Sadegh Zibakalam of the University of Tehran, outlined his analysis on the four main Principalist candidates: Ebrahim Raisi, Mohsen Rezaei, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf and Saeed Jalili. Zibakalam argued that Raisi would be a clear favourite as he is the candidate most likely to win at this stage, however it is not clear if he will accept an invitation from the two prominent Princpalist organisations, the Coalition Council and the Unity Council, to run. In Zibakalam’s

April 14, 2021

Representative of the Supreme Leader in the #IRGC backs Javani against Saeed Mohammad

Dr Abdullah Haji Sadeghi, who represents the #SupremeLeader in the IRGC, today said that “the armed forces do not enter politics in any way” and the task of the IRGC was to protect the revolution and the Islamic system, and make our enemies of aware of that”. In what is clearly an attack on #SaeedMohammad, Sadeghi singled out Commander Javani for praise. Javani recently accused Mohammad of being fired from the IRGC for bringing the corps into disrepute. These statements were

April 13, 2021

Amirabadi announces Candidature

Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, yesterday announced that he was resigning from the Presidium of the Parliament to run for President. The Presidium is a 12-person body of parliamentary members elected annually by their peers to manage parliamentary business. Amirabadi is a former officer in the IRGC and a prominent Principalist.

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April 13, 2021

Sobhani: Promise of Subsidies is Abuse of the People

Independent candidate and economist Hassan Sobhani stated today that while he had been against subsidies in the past, he was also opposed to eliminating them. However, Sobhani said it was irresponsible how some candidates made promises of subsidies to win the popular vote: “the people’s economic fragility should not be abused in order to achieve the power”. The government has historically subsidised many daily items, such as bread and fuel, and the removal of these subsidies has caused violent

April 13, 2021

Eftekhari: Vahid-Dastjerdi has the Qualifications to be President

Laleh Eftekhari, a former member of Parliament and member of the Women’s Advisory Council in the Principalist Unity Council, yesterday stated that among Iranian women, Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi had the qualifications to be President, having served in the cabinet previously but that “she herself must be willing to take this step” before Principalists would consider supporting her candidacy. In the same interview, Eftekhari expressed support for Ebrahim Raisi as a unifying candidate.

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April 13, 2021

Ghasemi: I am not Afraid of Assassination

Referring to an assassination attempt made against him last month in Lebanon, Rostam Ghasemi said that “if I was afraid of assassination, I would not have worked on the front lines for the Axis of Resistance for 7 years”, referring to Iran’s alliance with Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad in Syria and the Houthis in Yemen. Ghasemi emphasised that knowledge of the world outside of Iran was important for a President, and therefore he was appropriately experienced.

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April 13, 2021

Supreme Leader asked Hassan Khomeini not to run in elections

Hassan Khomeini stated today that the Supreme Leader had asked him not to run for President, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency. The grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini said that he had been encouraged by many Iranians who consider him the only one able to unite the country, but he had waited until he had spoken to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, about the issue. Khomeini that Khamenei addressed him as his son, and said it was not appropriate for him to run at this time.

April 12, 2021

Davari: Ahmadinejad considers himself as “God’s Guardian” and the “Yeltsin of Iran”

Abdol-Reza Davari, a journalist and former insider to Ahmadinejad’s administration, has turned on Ahmadinejad in recent years and today gave an outline of some of the former President’s behaviour which he deemed detrimental to the country. In an interview, he stated that the environment in Ahmadinejad’s inner circle was cult like, with no criticism allowed of the President, and that Ahmadinejad believed that the Islamic Republic would soon collapse, and he would be the Yeltsin of Iran. Davari