Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fallahian Runs

Iran already has a few declared presidential candidates, but here is an interesting one:
One of the most feared figures of Iran’s Islamic establishment has announced his candidacy in the country's June 14 presidential vote.
Ali Fallahian, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts who served as intelligence minister under former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been accused of involvement in the killings of Iranian dissidents and is on Interpol’s wanted list for alleged participation in the 1995 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people...
Fallahian, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2001, said his campaign slogan will be “Advanced Islamic Country,” and that stabilizing prices and fighting inflation will be among his priorities.
The kicker?  Fallahian also wants to end Iran's nuclear program and improve relations with the United States.

Iran's Council of Guardians will ultimately decide who gets to run, and I'm not sure some of the declared figures will make it.  They include, however, Mohsen Rezai, a former IRGC commander who also ran in 2009, and Manouchehr Mottaki, a conservative but not principlist foreign minister whose 2010 dismissal became the subject of a power struggle between President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamene'i, with the latter being the pro-Mottaki figure.



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