A figure from the Iranian Principlist camp says the broad political grouping should work to keep Ali Larijani, a former Parliament speaker who is widely expected to run for president in the 2021 election and who may run on the rival Reformist ticket, within itself.
“It goes without saying that keeping distinguished figures is a matter of great significance for every political group,” Hassan Ghafoorifard, with the Front of the Followers of the Line of the Imam and the Leader, told Khabar Online on Monday.
Ghafoorifard said Larijani was one among “the prominent Principlist figures” and had managed to become speaker of the Eighth Parliament, which was his first parliamentary run, even though other senior figures with past records at the parliament were present in the race.
He said a majority of the Principlists backed Larijani in the Eights and Ninth Parliaments, but some of his positions departed from those of some Principlists in the Tenth Parliament. That was when, Ghafoorifard said, the Reformists “moved closer to Larijani, perhaps happily.”
“Although, he (Larijani) has not announced whether or not he will contest the presidential election, we hope that it will be seen to it that he will be treated amicably by the Principlists and that we will try to keep him in the Principlist camp,” he said.
Larijani was a representative of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the negotiations that led to a landmark agreement with China recently, Ghafoorifard said, explaining his status with the Leader.
Among other top responsibilities, Larijani has formerly served as minister of culture and head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
Pointing to Larijani’s political activities, Ghafoorifard also highlighted his considerable experience and called him “a seasoned politician.”
The Front of the Followers of the Line of the Imam and the Leader is a major Principlist political group in the Islamic Republic. Ghafoorifard is its vice president.
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