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Iranian military official warns against unrest in upcoming presidential election

Xinhua: A senior Iranian military official warned Sunday against any attempts to create unrest during the country's upcoming presidential election, Iran's Press TV reported. Xinhua

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TEHRAN (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian military official warned Sunday against any attempts to create unrest during the country's upcoming presidential election, Press TV reported.

"We warn domestic and foreign enemies and counterrevolutionary groups that any attempts to incite unrest or create sedition before or after the election will receive a vigilant and decisive response from the Iranian nation," Major General Yahya Rahim- Safavi was quoted as saying.

"Relevant organizations and bodies must predict and (adopt) preventative (measures) against any domestic or foreign (sponsored) unrest," said the Iranian commander.

Rahim-Safavi, who is also a senior military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, added that the upcoming presidential election will be another victory for Iranian nation.

In January, Iran's Deputy Defense Minister Naser Dehqan also warned against what he called "the enemy's attempts" to influence the upcoming presidential election in Iran.

Urging the Iranian nation to remain vigilant, Dehqan said that "We should make every effort to hold a sound election, under a calm political atmosphere with the high participation of all groups (of Iranian people)."

During post-election in 2009, enemies managed to bring some anti-Iran opposition forces together but they were defeated, he said.

Protests gripped Tehran and other Iranian cities after the June 2009 presidential election amid claims of election-rig in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian reformist groups, led by former president Mohammad Khatami, have set some conditions for participating in the upcoming presidential election, including holding a transparent election and the release of two Iranian opposition leaders, ex- prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi and former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi, who were put under home custody after the 2009 election.

Also, Iran's influential moderate cleric and former president of the Islamic republic Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has recently put forward the idea of forming a "national unity government" which calls for a moderate government from both conservatives and reformist camps to run the country.

Ahmadinejad, who was strongly supported by the hardliner conservatives in the 2009 election against Mousavi and Karroubi, is planning to back his own candidate independently to push forward his own populist policy which envisages a nationalist- Islamist doctrine.

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