The governor of the Iranian Central Bank was removed from office after the government stated that his candidacy for the presidential election next month interfered with his official duties.
According to local media reports on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet decided that Abdul Nasser Hemati’s election in the June 18 poll may “prevent him from fully attending the Central Bank”.
Hemarty refused to step down. One of his deputy, Akbar Komijani, took over as the governor of the central bank.
Hemmati, 64, is a technocrat. He has held senior economic positions in Iran for decades, but he has not become a household name. After first vice president Es’haq Jahangiri (Es’haq Jahangiri) and former centrist speaker Ali Larijani were eliminated, he became a favored candidate for some reformist groups .
Although he was removed from the central bank, analysts said Hemmati may challenge the hardline front-runner and head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi.
Hemmati positions himself as a pragmatist focused on economics, and can reinvigorate the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and help lift severe US sanctions.
“The sudden appearance of Hemati and his unexpected rise in votes made the hardliners uneasy,” said a reformist analyst. “It is possible that many reformist groups will eventually support him. The Iranians may fight back against Raisi and elect Hemmati.”
With the slogan “interaction at home and abroad,” Hematie distanced himself from the other six candidates and cultivated a professional image rather than an ideologically driven image.
“No deal [with world powers] Lift the sanctions. .. If the country and citizens do not reach an agreement within the country, people’s living conditions will not improve,” he said.
Analysts say that Laysie, who analysts suspect is the country’s ruler’s favorite candidate, leads the polls. However, they pointed out that his approval rating has not increased since the start of the campaign last week.
This brings hope to candidates such as Major General Mohsen Rezaei, a member of the Revolutionary Guard who has led the elite force for 16 years. He promised to substantially increase the monthly cash payment to nearly half of the population, and promised to pay housewives’ wages every month.
After senior figures including former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh said they would boycott polls to protest their disqualification, reformers were divided on whether to support Hemati .
Mohammad Hashemi, the brother of the late former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, is believed to have tried to mobilize reformists to support Hemmati.
“Hematy is a candidate for the pro-Rafsanjani camp,” said another reformist politician. “His fate depends on how much he can handle the television debate with Lacey.”