Monday, December 27, 2004

CCRF support split between Karrubi, Rafsanjani, and Moein

Description of Selected News: "Some reformist groups eying Rafsanjani for president: Salamati

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) – The secretary general of the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization (IRMO), Mohammad Salamati, said on Monday that some reformist groups support the candidacy of Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the upcoming presidential election.

“Some groups within the reformist camp have Mr. Hashemi in their mind but they have not yet officially announced it in the council so that it could be studied,” Salamati told the Mehr News Agency (MNA) when asked about the presence of Rafsanjani in the Coordination Council of the Reformist Front (CCRF).

Salamati also said some groups in the CCRF back the candidacy of former Majlis speaker and incumbent secretary general of the Assembly of Combatant Clerics Mahdi Karrubi in elections.

Some groups in the CCRF including IRMO have announced that they will back former science minister Mostafa Moein but all the CCRF member groups, despite having their own particular candidates, have made it clear that they are prepared to negotiate until they reach a consensus over a single candidate.

So far the Islamic Iran Participation Party (IIPP), as the biggest reformist party in Iran, and the IRMO have officially announced that they will throw their weight behind Moein for the post. ----About 40 parties and groups back Rafsanjani candidacy

Mohammad-Javad Mohammad Nuri, the secretary general of the Islamic Revolution Youth Society (IRYS) said that the number of parties, groups, or associations which support the candidacy of Rafsanjani has now reached forty from the previous total of twenty-two.

Mohammad Nuri said these parties and groups, which form the Coalition for the Supporters of Rafsanjani, will push ahead in encouraging the EC chairman to enter the presidential contest.

“These parties and groups still maintain the position that in the current situation, the most qualified person for the presidential post is Hashemi Rafsanjani,” the IRYS leader stated.

The necessary conditions that Rafsanjani cited for his candidacy have now been provided, and therefore the possibility of his candidacy has increased, he added.

Rafsanjani had previously announced that if he thought that conditions were ripe for him, he would run for president.

Mohammad Nuri said the Coalition for the Supporters of Rafsanjani will hold a meeting at the headquarters of the Islamic Labor Party on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of other groups or parties joining the coalition.

Iran’s next presidential election is scheduled to be held late spring."