July 14, 2024

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An Iranian reformist parliamentarian has filed his candidacy for the elections with strong criticism of the regime’s recent governments

An Iranian reformist parliamentarian has filed his candidacy for the elections with strong criticism of the regime’s recent governments

Masoud Pezeshkian was Minister of Health in the second term of former President Mohammad Khatami (Majid Asgharipour/Wana)

Masoud PezeshkianOn Saturday, the Iranian reformist parliamentarian and former Minister of Health criticized the policies implemented by the country’s various executive authorities when he ran for the early presidential elections on June 28.

“Iran was supposed to be a developed country and occupy the first economic, scientific and technological position with a revolutionary Islamic identity.”He criticized Pezeshkian in a brief press conference at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission, according to IRNA.

Pezeshkian, Minister of Health in the second term of former President Mohammad Khatami (2001-2005), said that governments should follow the general policies of the Islamic Republic system, such as “health, welfare, food, social security, and equal rights.” Opportunities and appropriate distribution of income, reducing poverty and discrimination.

He added: “We can get the best position in the region.” “We had to do something so that people had a complete health system, and we had to follow a process in which education was based on equity, but we did not do that,” Pezeshkian emphasized.

Doctor and reformist politician He promised to reverse the situation and “create fair opportunities for different groups of people.” Throughout the country, if he is elected president.

Moreover, he called Maintaining “reasonable and logical relations with the world.”

Pezeshkian, a parliamentarian for the last five terms, is one of the 12 candidates who registered with the Election Commission as of noon today, which is the third day of candidate registration, which continues until next Monday.

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Among those who have applied so far, she stands out Ali LarianiFormer Speaker of Parliament (2008-2020) and former advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei; And Saeed Jalilian ultra-conservative politician and former nuclear president of Iran.

On Tuesday, the Guardian Council, the body whose mission is to approve or veto laws approved by Parliament and political candidates, will announce the candidates eligible to participate in the presidential elections.

The Guardian Council banned the majority of reformist candidates from participating in the various elections (Majid Asgharipour/Wana)

Since the 2020 parliamentary elections. The Guardian Council prevented the majority of reformist candidates from participating in the various electionsWhich, among other reasons, led to a significant decline in participation.

In the parliamentary elections held in March 2024, the participation rate reached 41%, the lowest in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Early elections are held after Raisi died in a helicopter accident with the Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian and six other people on May 19.

After his death, he was the first vice president. Muhammad is obligedHe assumed the interim presidency and the primary responsibility for organizing and holding the presidential elections within a maximum period of 50 days.

The elections will be held on June 28, amid intense dissatisfaction among the population due to the poor economic situation and social oppression, especially against women, with the new campaign to re-impose the wearing of the hijab.

(With information from EFE)