جمعه ۳۱ شهریور ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۰:۲۱
Iran's Top Leader Orders Reconsideration of Decision Barring Reformist Candidates
Iran's state-run television reported today that the country's supreme leader ordered the hard line constitutional watchdog reconsider its decision to bar reformist candidates in next month's presidential elections. The Guardian Council, which vets the election candidates, rejected on Sunday all the reformists who had registered to run in next month's presidential elections.
Only six out of more than 1,000 hopeful candidates were approved. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a decree addressed to Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati that it is "appropriate that all individuals in the country be given the choice from various political tendencies."
The decree went on to recommend specifically that the disqualification of two of the most prominent reformists, Mostafa Moin and Vice President Mohsen Mehralizadeh, be reconsidered.
In Washington, a U.S. State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher, said the United States is "deeply troubled" by the Guardian Council decision.