Mehdi Chamran Declines his Nomination for 2013 Presidential Election

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

Mehdi Chamran, the Chairman of the City Council of Tehran, said he will not take part in the upcoming presidential election as candidate. According to the news reports which used to be published by conservative parties, Mehdi Chamran had been preparing to announce his nomination for Iran’s 2013 presidential election.

“I don’t want to say anything in this regard because the published reports in this subject were totally baseless.” said Mehdi Chamran, the brother of Mostafa Chamran, when he was asked about his nomination. “I have not received any suggestions from major politicians and nobody has recommended me to run for presidential race. Actually people should select the next president of their country.”

Rumors suggest that female lawmaker Fatemeh Alia, who has a close connection with Chamran, is considering her presence in upcoming election but Mehdi Chamran refused to make any comments about this by saying: “I don’t have any opinion about this so you should ask it from Fatemeh Alia.”

Chamran, 71, was one of the major supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his mayorship, he turned towards Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and his supporters during the 2006 elections, which resulted in a three-way split of the third Tehran council between the two conservative factions and reformist candidates.

Accordingly 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. The elections will take place on the same day as local council elections.