Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani

The head of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s election headquarters announced that the moderate cleric will not challenge his disqualification by the Guardian Council from running in the presidential race.

ISNA reports that in an interview, Eshagh Jahangiri confirmed that Hashemi Rafsanjani will not protest the decision.

“Hashemi Rafsanjani and his supporters entered the scene with a focus on the law and ethical behaviour and will remain faithful to these values,” Jahangiri said.

He refused to comment on the possibility of a coalition between the remaining reformist candidates. Of the eight approved candidates, Hassan Rohani and Mohammadreza Aref are closest to the reformist camp.