The governor of Iran’s central bank was fired after the government said his candidacy for next month’s presidential election disrupted his official tenure.
President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet has decided that Abdolnaser Hemmati’s run in the June 18 poll could “prevent him from having enough attendance at the central bank”, local media reported on Sunday.
Hemmati refuses to descend. Akbar Komijani, one of his deputies, was taken as head of the central bank.
Hemmati, 64, is a technocrat who has held senior economic positions in Iran for decades without making a household name. He emerged as a preferred candidate for some reformist groups after the most prominent names were removed from the race, such as Es’haq Jahangiri, the first vice president, and Ali Larijani, a centrist. who formerly spoke to the parliamentary.
Despite his removal from the central bank, analysts say Hemmati could challenge tough frontrunner and head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi.
Hemmati has positioned himself as a pragmatist with an economic focus, and one who can revive 2015 nuclear alliance with world powers and help improve U.S. sanctions.
“Hemmati’s sudden emergence and unexpected increase in his votes has upset hardliners,” said one reformist analyst. “It is possible that many reformist groups will support him later. The Iranians can move against Raisi and elect Hemmati.”
Hemmati – whose slogan is “communication at home and abroad” – distances itself from the other six candidates and develops a professional image rather than one driven by ideology.
“If there is no agreement [with world powers] to get the penalties. . . and if there is no housing agreement between the state and citizens, the living conditions of the people will not improve, ”he said.
Analysts said Raisi, who analysts suspect is the country’s preferred candidate for rulers, led opinion polls. However, they know his support has not increased since his campaign began last week.
This hope came out for candidates like Major General Mohsen Rezaei, a member of the Revolutionary Guards who led the elite force for 16 years. He promises a huge increase in monthly cash handouts that will go to almost half the population and he will pay monthly salaries to housewives.
Reformers were divided on whether they would agree to Hemmati after senior figures including Mostafa Tajzadeh, a former deputy interior minister, said they would boycott the polls in protest of their disqualifications.
Mohammad Hashemi, a brother of the later leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, is believed to be trying to mobilize reformists to support Hemmati.
“Hemmati is the pro-Rafsanjani camp candidate,” said another political reformist. “His fate depends on how well he handles televised debates against Raisi.”