Mehr-Alizadeh's campaign urges massive turnout to bring '3rd Khatami administration' to office
Iran Press TV
Saturday, 29 May 2021 12:25 PM
Reformist candidate Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh's campaign has called on the Iranian people to exercise their national right and turn out en masse in the June 18 presidential election to help bring "a third Khatami administration" to office.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Mehr-Alizadeh's team said, "Electing officials is a right [of the people] and a manifestation of the nation's will," calling on the Iranians to "uphold and exercise their legitimate right and have their will get its way."
The statement complained about the disqualifications by the Constitutional Council of a number of the Reformist camp's hopefuls from running but said there was no doubt that the Reformist current would "enter the scene with all of its capacity" and despite the "restrictions" it is facing in order for the upcoming election to be vigorous and fruitful.
"The reality is that the Reformists see the people's good and prosperity in making fundamental reforms to the structures, institutions, and methods in line with the law. The Reformists view sovereignty and the government as belonging to the people and wish for the people's will to be involved in all affairs," said the statement, adding that that would not come true unless through elections.
The campaign said it believed that it is possible to create another "epic" similar to the Dovvom-e Khordad â€” a reference to the date on the Iranian calendar of the election of Reformist President Mohammad Khatami on May 23, 1997 â€” and to bring "a third Khatami administration" to office.
The statement invited all prominent Reformist figures, factions, and circles, as well as Iranians from all walks of life, to join hands and participate in the election.
The Constitutional Council disqualified the Reformist camp's top choice, Es'haq Jahangiri, along with a number of other high-profile figures, from running in the presidential election. The disqualifications drew criticism from the Reformist camp and allied Moderates, and President Hassan Rouhani wrote a letter to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to express his complaint on Tuesday (May 25).
On Thursday (May 27), Ayatollah Khamenei backed up the Constitutional Council and said the body had carried out its legal duties.
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