Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani says presidential hopefuls are not competent to talk about the possible normalization of ties between Iran and the United States.
â€œYou are neither competent, nor authorized to [make] a decision on the resumption of ties with the US. Certain issues defined in the Constitution lie within the authority of the Leader and not the president,â€ Emami Kashani said in his sermon to worshippers attending the weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran.
â€œThe [would-be] candidates should express and sketch out their tasks and responsibilities within framework of their executive authority,â€ he said.
Emami Kashani stated that the presidential hopefuls should keep in mind that they need to be powerful enough to implement the plans they promote in their campaigning.
â€œAs the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] said, the president is required to have management plan and the [prospective] candidates should talk to people about their plans and priorities,â€ he added.
The cleric also called for big voter turnout in the upcoming presidential election to â€œdispel the enemy.â€
A number of political figures have expressed interest in competing in the Islamic Republicâ€™s upcoming presidential election.
Hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11 for the Islamic Republicâ€™s 11th presidential poll, which will be held on June 14.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election, and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for their qualifications.