Major General Qassem Soleimani
Bloomberg: Enigmatic Iran General Vows to Stay a Soldier Amid Election Talk
* Soleimani says Iran’s enemies are attempting to divide nation
* Media have speculated he might contest presidential election
Top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani said he hopes to remain a soldier “until the end” of his life, in remarks that follow weeks of media speculation he might contest presidential elections in May.
“I am a soldier of Velayat and the Islamic Republic regime and the brave population, which I value more than my own life,” Soleimani said in a statement published by Tasnim news agency on Thursday. “God willing, I will remain in this role of soldier until the end of my life.” Velayat refers to Iran’s ultimate arbiter on all matters of state, the supreme leader, currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Update #1: Iran’s Soleimani rejects remarks over presidential candidacy plan as deceitful -- Tehran Times
Update #2: General Soleimani Says Will Remain A Soldier Serving Islamic Revolution -- Tasnim News Agency
WNU Editor: He would only run if Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells him to run .... and I do not see that happening anytime soon.