Iran's armed forces chief has expressed support for a second four-year term for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June presidential elections, reports said on Tuesday.
"Some believe the gap created by some politicians between people and the government has worked to attract people, and therefore they can introduce a new candidate and put an end to Ahmadinejad (era)," General Hassan Firouz Abadi was quoted as saying by the reformist Etemad Melli newspaper.
"But this will not happen.
They are mistaken.
" Ahmadinejad, who took office in 2005, has yet to declare whether he will stand in June's election but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he should remain at the helm.
"Ahmadinejad's administration has shown that the presidency has a very high potential which demands capability and a lot of dynamism, in which very old and retired individuals do not fit," the armed forces chief said.