Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Hashemi Rafsanjani is the first choice of the party for presidential elections: Moderation and Development Party

Description of Selected News: "Consultations with Rafsanjani on possible candidacy continuing

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- A member of the Moderation and Development Party said on Tuesday that Hashemi Rafsanjani is the first choice of the party for presidential elections.

Turanani (first name not given) added that the consultations with Rafsanjani will continue more intensively in the days to come.

“Rafsanjani is not just our candidate,” he said, adding that his absence caused many problems in the sixth and seventh Majlis.

The sixth Majlis ignored the determining role of Rafsanjani and therefore it failed to fulfill its slogans, he stated.

Likewise, the seventh Majlis has not yet succeeded to take positive steps in materializing its goals of establishing social justice, removing poverty, and putting an end to discrimination and other social maladies.

Of course, he added, the seventh Majlis is more efficient than the previous one but unfortunately extremists are gradually taking the lead by pushing the moderate and wise MPs to the corner.

He commented that Rafsanjani is steadfast in his decisions. “During visits with him, we discussed that the essential need of our society today is unity, harmony and the establishment of a balance between political powers.”

He cited the Islamic Coalition Party, the Combatant Clerical Association and the Engineers Islamic Society as among those conservative groups which would surely support Rafsanjani’s nomination. -The ACC to announce its plans for presidential election

Meanwhile Asadollah Kian Ersi, a member of the central council of the reformist Assembly of the Combatant Clerics (ACC), said that the assembly will decide about its nominee for president and its plans for presidential election.

Mir-Hossein Musavi, the most favorite candidate for president, on Tuesday announced his unwillingness to run for presidency.

The deputy chairman of the Solidarity Party, Mohammad Reza Khabbaz, also said his party is forced to nominate another candidate since Musavi rejected to run for the post.

Khabaz predicted that the task would not be easy because all the reformist parties and groups were unanimous about Musavi.

He said that the 2nd of Khordad Front and a large number of conservatives have a favorable opinion of Musavi, noting that he enjoyed special popularity among the first and second generations of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

If Musavi had agreed to run, a consensus would have been reached between all the political parties and groups in the country, he added."

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