Thursday, September 16, 2004

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani Considers New Run

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani Considers New Run: "Former Iranian President Rafsanjani Considers New Run
VOA News
16 Sep 2004, 18:24 UTC




Iran's influential former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, says he is considering running for president next year when President Mohammed Khatami's term expires.
Mr. Rafsanjani told reporters in Tehran Wednesday that he would rather someone else run. But he said if the public decides he is the best candidate, he will enter the race.

He said he will announce his decision at a later time.

Mr. Rafsanjani was Iran's president from 1989 to 1997. He now heads the powerful Expediency Council, which is the country's top arbitration body.

Iran's constitution only bars presidents from serving more than two consecutive terms.

Other possible candidates who have been mentioned include former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati as well as Iran's top security official and nuclear expert Hassan Rowhani."

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