Saturday, December 25, 2004

MP Morteza Tamadon: No political party will gain majority in presidential election: MP

No political party will gain majority in presidential election: MP: "No political party will gain majority in presidential election: MP
TEHRAN, Dec. 24 (MNA) -- MP Morteza Tamadon of the Majlis conservative faction believes that none of the country’s political parties will be able to win a majority of the vote in Iran’s next presidential election, which is scheduled to be held in spring.
Tamadon told the Mehr News Agency on Friday that people are not likely to vote for a particular political group or faction in the next election.

“I believe those candidates who are more independent, including those with a past record, will win more votes,” he stressed.

The MP added that a successful and acceptable candidate for the people is one who has held various managerial posts and has a clear view of internal and external affairs.

To achieve a massive voter turnout, the people must believe that voting will really influence their fate, Tamadon said.

In order to create this condition, the government should live up to its commitments toward the people and resolve internal problems, he stated, adding that this is also an essential duty of the next president.

Asked about the possible candidacy of Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the influence it would have on the electoral process, the MP said that the conservatives would field another candidate to compete with Rafsanjani if he decides to run.

However, he added, “We believe it is better for younger candidates who are able to manage the country to run for the post.”

On the reformist candidates’ chances of victory in the presidential election, Tamadon said that people would certainly not pick the camp’s two possible candidates, former Majlis speaker Mahdi Karrubi and ex-science minister Mostafa Moein, as their first choice."