Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Rafsanjani conditionally stands for President

IranMania News: "Rafsanjani conditionally stands for pres. vote

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Oct 19 (IranMania) - Head of a political group`s Presidential Elections Headquarters told IRNA after a meeting with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Monday that he would nominate himself for the post "if the ground is paved for the purpose."

Association of Experts member Mohammad-Reza Tourani added, "The Central Committee and Presidential Elections Headquarters members of our association, along with 50 MPs, a number of mass media representatives and some political and cultural personalities met with the head of Expediency Council on Monday on the Issue."

He said, "During the meeting Hashemi emphasized that if the ground would be paved for the purpose and the atmosphere would be ripe for a sound competition, and if he, or the parties that favor his presence would come up with the conclusion that he is the ultimate choice, he wouldn`t hesitate in nominating himself for the post."

Tourani said, "In Monday meeting Mr. Rafsanjani appreciated the efforts made by those who encourage his presence at May 2005 Presidential Elections, adding that he is a devoted servant of the Islamic system, no matter at what post his services would be deemed as necessary."

According to Tourani, after gaining the positive response from the head of the Expediency Council, it was agreed that the parties favoring Rafsanjani`s presence at the elections would establish a front commissioned to pursue the related affairs."

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