May 06, 2021 14:34 UTC
  • IRGC won’t act for, against any presidential candidate: Gen. Salami

A day after the Guardian Council cleared the way for military men to run for president, the chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said the elite force will not take sides with or act against any presidential candidate.

“Military men, like the rest of the people of this country, can participate [as candidates] in the elections and this has nothing to do with the organization (IRGC), as it is their personal desire,” Major General Hossein Salami said in a televised interview on Wednesday night, Press TV reported.

Salami said there will be no encouragement on the part of the IRGC for officers who register as presidential hopefuls, stressing the force’s commitment to taking no position in favor of or against any candidate.

He emphasized that the IRGC personnel are “sincere” in their conduct, adding, “The IRGC is composed of military men who each vote for their desired candidate and there is no movement within the IRGC that would want to decide on who to vote for or not to vote for.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Guardian Council, which interprets the Constitution and vets candidates’ qualifications based on those interpretations, announced that military men can from now on run for president without a need to resign from their position.