جمعه ۸ اردیبهشت ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۹:۰۹
Reformists Reinstated to Iran Presidential Race
Iran's Guardian Council has reversed its ban on two reformists excluded from next month's presidential elections. The Council has decided to allow former Education Minister Mostafa Moin and Vice President for Sports Mohsen Mehralizadeh to run in the election on June 17. State television says the decision was announced in a letter from Guardian Council head Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Khamenei on Monday urged the Guardian Council to overturn its disqualification of the two reformists. The council had originally cleared six candidates, five of them conservatives. Nearly 1,000 other candidates were disqualified.
Moin's Islamic Iran Participation Front, Iran's biggest reform party, had said it would call for a boycott of the election unless the former minister were permitted to run.
The council judges all candidates for their moral values and support for the Islamic system of government.
Last night, some 150 students at Tehran University protested against the Guardian Council's ruling.