Monday, October 11, 2004

Khatami, Karrubi will not succeed in encouraging Musavi to run for president

Description of Selected News: "Khatami, Karrubi will not succeed in encouraging Musavi to run for president: source

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) –- An informed source said on Monday that President Mohammad Khatami and former Majlis speaker Mahdi Karrubi will not succeed to encourage former premier Mir-Hossein Musavi to run for president in the next election.

According to leaked reports President Khatami, Karrubi, and Musavi Khoeiniha, a leading member of the Assembly of Combatant Clerics, are going to meet Musavi in recent days on the next presidential election.

“Such meetings have no effect on Musavi’s decision to enter the campaign,” the source who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Mehr News Agency.

Musavi served as prime minister from 1981 to 1989 when the post was eliminated.

Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president and the current chairman of the Expediency Council, is among the likely candidates for the presidential election which will be held in late spring next year.

Meanwhile, a leading member of the Servants of Construction Party in which Rafsanjani is a member, said that the party will make no statements until Rafsanjani clearly announces his decision to run for the post or not.

“If Rafsanjani decides to run in the election then we will announce our plans,” the party member said on condition of anonymity.

He said his party expects that other groups threw their backings behind Rafsanjani if he decided to run for president.

Rafsanjani acted as president from 1989 to 1997 when President Khatami took the helm.

The social poor and middle class favor Musavi for president. They say the price of goods and services started rocketing up after Musvi’s term of office came to end.

The people say that during Rafsanjani’s presidency the gap between rich and poor became more evident."

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