Spokesman for Reformist Coalition:
“Mr. Khatami has till this moment not asked any senior state official to confirm the qualifications of any individual,” according to the spokesman for the pro-reform coalition. Abdullah Nasseri’s use of the term “senior state official” is in Iran’s political nomenclature a reference to the leader of the Islamic Republic. It is interpreted to mean that former President Khatami has not made a request from ayatollah Khamenei regarding the approval of the qualifications of reformist candidates to the March 14 parliamentary elections.
Last year during the first seminar of Iran’s governor-generals under the current administration, the secretary of the Guardians Council (which vets election candidates and supervises all national elections) ayatollah Ahmad Janati made remarks that were not given prominence by the news agencies. On the eve of the elections to the powerful Experts Assembly to Leadership he said, “I will not accept any recommendations except those coming from the Leader.” In other words he said that only the Leader could make a judgment over the views of the Guardians Council regarding candidates.
This is the reason when more than 3,000 candidates – mostly pro-reformists - were disqualified by the Guardians Council the first recourse for the leading clerics was to approach the Leader for intervention and assistance. At that time, Etemad newspaper (belonging to the reformists) presented three options for breaking through the disqualifications crises: “Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mehdi Karubi shall separately meet the Leader to resolve the issue of the candidate disqualifications. This decision was taken at a special meeting the three held together for the purpose of breaking through the impasse.”
Despite those events, the spokesman of the reformists now announces that Khatami has not approached the Leader for intervention. “After a meeting with Mr. Karubi and Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mr. Khatami met with the leader at the end of his presidential term but this was not a special meeting over the elections,” he said.