(Express-Tribune) In a startling conversation with the Haaretz, Israel's Defence Minister has said he won't be surprised if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was assassinated during the country's up-coming elections.
"I do not think it has a message for Iran".
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei revealed previous year that he had recommended to Ahmadinejad not to enter the contest.
Under Iran's Constitution, a president can not serve for three terms in a row. "It would be very risky to pin former President Ahmadinejad as being just a principlist... because there's a lot of the things that he has done within Iran in terms of internal policies that could qualify as being reformist". The large list of potentials will be whittled down by the Guardian Council and final selection based on political and Islamic qualifications announced on April 27, ahead of the ballot in May 19. The council, which is made up of clerics and Islamic jurists, normally disqualifies dissidents, women, and many reformists. The panel also declared Ahmadinejad won the 2009 election despite widespread fraud allegations.
"Those who are the directors must give the role (of president) to a person who can pull it off best", said Ahmadinejad.
Many Iranians have grown impatient with the slow rate of improvement in their economic fortunes since global financial and trade sanctions were lifted after Iran curbed its disputed nuclear activity under its deal with six world powers. Any presidential hopeful has to be vetted by Iran's Guardian Council, but the way it's being set up and architected is actually fair. The vote is being cast as a referendum on the historic nuclear deal. He suggested the USA presidency is decided behind closed doors.
The inconsistent figures reflect the fact that not all executions in Iran are officially reported, as the Islamic Republic strives to limit the opportunities for domestic and global protest while maintaining its longstanding legal practices. In fact, however, it was probable that he could give way to his political colleague, former Vice-President Hamid Baghaee, to run on his platform, although there seems little likelihood that the Ahmadinejad camp could win. Raisi told reporters at the interior ministry where registration was being held.
Analysts describe Raisi as utterly loyal to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meaning he would likely remain deeply suspicious of engagement with the West but unlikely to backtrack on the nuclear deal, which had the boss's tacit consent.