The official answer is that it's based on the qualifications of the candidates and their suitability under an Islamic system ... But what we have previously seen is candidates saying, 'Look, I’m suitable to run,' but their critics saying they're not suitable to run. So, with the council’s decision, there’s no published record of how they reach decisions. They simply declare that these are the people who can go forward.
The problem is that you almost destroy the image of the legitimacy of the election if you don’t let [Rafsanjani] run
The whole argument of the establishment, or at least the supreme leader’s inner circle, was that they wanted a very straight-forward election with a clearly defined candidate who would almost be anointed in June ... Because they couldn’t find that candidate, that opened up the space for Rafsanjani to put himself forward. At this point, I think he’s the leading candidate in terms of being able to mobilize a popular support. He may be the only candidate that can do that.More quotes »
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