Ahmadinejad says will not make presidential comeback bid

World Tuesday 27/September/2016 19:54 PM
By: Times News Service
Ahmadinejad says will not make presidential comeback bid

Dubai: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not run for president in next year's Iranian election, he said on Tuesday, bowing to the wishes of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who warned his candidacy would increase divisions in Iran.
"In carrying out the intentions of the leader of the revolution, I have no plans to take part in the elections next year," Ahmadinejad said in a letter to Khamenei, published on his website dolatebahar.com.
Ahmadinejad had not announced a re-election bid, but several speeches in recent months had prompted speculation of a political comeback.
By ruling himself out, he has removed one potentially serious challenger to President Hassan Rouhani's bid for a second term at May's election.
Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state, was quoted on Monday as saying Ahmadinejad's candidacy would polarise society and "create... divisions in the country which I believe is harmful".
Ahmadinejad was first elected president in 2005. His re-election in 2009 prompted the biggest street protests in the country's history and a security crackdown in which several people were killed and hundreds arrested.
Iranian law bars a president from seeking a third consecutive term. But Ahmadinejad would have been able to run again after the gap caused by Rouhani's term.
"I will proudly remain a modest soldier of the revolution and a servant of the people," Ahmadinejad said.