Saturday, November 06, 2004

Islamic Iran Participation Front's Hadi Qabel attacks Rafsanjani

IranMania News: "IIPF's reservations about Rafsanjani candidacy

Saturday, November 06, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Nov 6 (IranMania) - Islamic Iran Participation Front does not advocate Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's candidacy for the next presidential elections, a member of the IIPF was quoted as saying Friday, ISNA reported.

Speaking at a gathering of IIPF members in the central city of Yazd Friday, Hadi Qabel however noted the reformist IIPF believes Rafsanjani's candidacy in the race "can disrupt the political dreams of many activists." He did not elaborate.

The official went on to say that should the powerful Head of the State Expediency Council nominate himself for the top job, no character assassination should be unleashed against the former president.

Rafsanjani was president for terms from 1989 to 1997. In recent months he has said publicly that he would run for another term "if necessary." His declared interest in the presidency has emerged as one of the most crucial issues in political discussion both in the reformist and conservative enclaves.

Prominent analysts who are not considered friends of the former president have said in recent weeks that given the conditions of the country and the challenges they may lie ahead, they support his candidacy as the "best option."

Qabel asserted that elections provide the masses with the opportunity to speak out their problems.

"It is through the ballot box that the government can claim an open political atmosphere exists in the country." The IIPF will launch its election campaign within two months, he said. "

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