Aref has declared presidential candidacy: report

December 22, 2008

TEHRAN – Former first vice-president Mohammad Reza Aref has officially declared in a meeting of reformists that he is ready to run in the upcoming presidential election, the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday.

Aref, who served as first vice president in the Mohammad Khatami administration, is the second reformist candidate after Mahdi Karroubi who announced his candidacy officially on Oct. 13.
Hassan Rasouli, a member of the board of directors of the Baran Foundation, confirmed to the MNA that Aref has officially announced his readiness for presidency and he has started his provincial campaigns.
According to the MNA, Aref has told reformists that he will finalize his decision to run for president, if former President Mohammad Khatami does not enter the presidential race.
Aref has also stated that he will abide by any consensus decision by the reformists in the future.
Former president Khatami, former prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi, Expediency Council Strategic Research Center Director Hassan Rohani, and former director of Organization for Physical Education Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh are among the reformists’ options for candidacy in the election which will be held on 12 June 2009