TEHRAN (FNA)- Veteran Iranian politician Mohsen Rezayee, who lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential poll, will run for presidency in the upcoming election next year, sources close to him announced on Tuesday.
"Mohsen Rezayee has not yet personally announced his candidacy but in our view and at the request of the Resistance Front (a political faction in Iran), his nomination in the election is for sure," Secretary of Resistance Front's Political Committee Hossein Kana'ani Moqaddam told FNA on Tuesday.
He said that the Resistance Front has held a series of meetings with Rezayee to know about his views and will continue its meetings with other potential principlist candidates like Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior MP Haddad Adel and Tehran's Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.
Rezayee had earlier declared his candidacy for the next year election.
"My participation in the upcoming presidential election of the Republic is for sure. I'm in it to win it," Rezayee, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council - a highly esteemed arbitration body appointed by the Supreme Leader to resolve any difference between the parliament and the Guardian Council vetting body - said at a meeting in Tehran at the time.
Rezayee, a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, finished third in the 2009 vote.
In September, the Iranian Interior Ministry announced the country will hold the next presidential election on June 14, 2013.