Rafsanjani: "It's not possible to run [Iran] worse than this"

Disqualified presidential candidate Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has criticised Iran's Guardian Council, calling them "ignorant"

by The Commentator on 23 May 2013 10:28

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An Iranian pro-reform website has reported comments from former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani days after a constitutional watchdog disqualified him from running in the June 14 elections.

Rafsanjani has lashed out at the policies of the country's ruling clerical establishment, stating, "I think it is not possible to run the country worse than this."

Jaheshnews.ir quoted him late on Wednesday in reaction to his Tuesday election disqualification by Iran's Guardian Council.

Other reports claim Rafsanjani continued, "I don't want to stoop to their propaganda and attacks but ignorance is troubling. Don't they understand what they're doing?"

The daughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's Islamic republic, has protested against the disqualification of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from next month's presidential election.

Rafsanjani has not made any direct public statements since the decision. The quote was not carried on his official website, and the Associated press state that report could not independently verified.

Rafsanjani, a centrist, had revitalised reformist hopes. His campaign manager says he will not protest the disqualification.

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