Thursday, June 10, 2004

Daily Times - Rafsanjani for President?

Daily Times - Site Edition: "Rafsanjani leaves options open ahead of Irans 2005 polls
TEHRAN: Irans powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani appeared less categorical on Wednesday in his refusal to consider standing again during elections in 2005, a newspaper reported.

If this is in the interest of the country, if the nation demands it and if my presence is deemed essential, it is possible that I will be a candidate, he was quoted as saying by the moderate Ebtekar newspaper. But we will have to see how things evolve, said Rafsanjani, who served two terms as president from 1989 to 1997. The charismatic cleric, head of Irans top political arbitration body and one of the most powerful politicians in the conservative-dominated regime, last month said he was firm in his decision not to stand again as president in June next year. afp"


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