World Bulletin / News Desk
The former commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards announced on Monday he would run in presidential election set to be dominated by conservatives vying to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Mohsen Rezaie stood in the last tumultuous 2009 election, finishing third, and made a complaint that Ahmadinejad's re-election had been rigged, before withdrawing the allegations days later.
Rezaie was commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for 16 years until 1997. He was subsequently appointed secretary of the Expediency Council, a body that advises Iran's most powerful man, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"Currently the main problem facing people is the economic issue and economic development should be accomplished as well as political development," Fars news agency quoted Rezaie as saying after announcing his candidacy in Divandare in Kurdistan province, in eastern Iran.
"Today income is the people's basis of life and we must implement plans to reduce the cost of living and raise their income levels."
He had already indicated his intention to be a candidate.
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