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I prefer consensus on one reformist presidential candidate: Aref
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_IMAGE634756348032705357_1.jpgTEHRAN – Mohammad Reza Aref, who has been mentioned as a possible reformist candidate in the 2013 presidential election, says he prefers that a single candidate be fielded to represent the reformists.    
 
In an interview with the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency published on Wednesday, Aref, who formerly served as vice president under Mohammad Khatami, said, “I am in no rush to announce candidacy because I believe that the reformists must participate in the next presidential election with a single candidate.” 
 
He added, “If Mr. Khatami decides to stand as a candidate, naturally, I will withdraw my candidacy.” 
 
Commenting on the statement that the reformists must dissociate themselves from seditionists if they want their qualifications to be approved by the Guardian Council, Aref, who is a member of the Expediency Council, stated, “If the reformists are supposed to repent of (association with) the seditious movement, naturally, the principlists must dissociate themselves from the deviant current and repent as well in order to participate in the election.” 
 
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Last Updated on 12 December 2012 18:06