Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Rafsanjani nomination can change equations

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Rafsanjani nomination can change equations

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Dec 28 (IranMania) - A conservative political activist said on Monday that if former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani decides to run in the upcoming presidential election, all political equations would change.

Abolqasem Raoufian, secretary-general of the Islamic Society of Teachers, also told IRNA that had Rafsanjani announced his decision, things would certainly have been different by now.

"The reason Followers of the Line of Imam Khomeini and the Leader Front did not focus on Rafsanjani's nomination is because he made it clear to the leaders of the front that he would not participate in the polls," he said, according to IRNA.

The activist, however, noted that the former president does not have the time to wait until the very last moment to announce his decision.

Raoufian said political parties cannot wait for Rafsanjani's announcement, especially if he decides to make it as late as possible.

"We plan to meet him and ask him whether he is serious about his nomination or not," he said, adding that holding negotiations with possible nominees does not mean the society would support their nomination."