x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Rezai withdraws complaint

The defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai withdraws his complaints to the country's electoral watchdog.

The defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai withdrew complaints made to the country's electoral watchdog about the disputed presidential election, IRNA news agency said. In a letter written to the Guardians Council, Mr Rezai said he was withdrawing his complaints as the country's "political, social and security situation has entered a sensitive and decisive phase, which is more important than the election.

"I feel it is my duty... taking into account my pledge as a soldier of the revolution, the leader and the people, to inform you that I renounce following up on my complaints." Mr Rezai was one of the three defeated candidates who had complained to the Guardians Council of "irregularities" in the June 12 election that saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad return to power. Mr Rezai, the former head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, also ran in the 2005 presidential campaign but withdrew two days before the election.