Sunday, December 26, 2004

The Rightwing Prepares for Rafsanjani Presidency (campaign)

IranMania News: "Sunday, December 26, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Dec 26 (IranMania) - The Coordinating Council of Revolutionary Forces has no plans to invite the chairman of the State Expediency Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to take part in the next presidential election, but is working to forge a common understanding with him, a lawmaker from Tabriz said Saturday.

Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajeddini, a member of the Majlis Fundamentalist Faction, told ILNA that members of the group known as 'Followers of Imam Khomeini's Path' cannot remain indifferent towards Rafsanjani's candidacy in the elections set for next May.

Commenting on the likelihood of some candidates of Followers of Imam's and Leader's Path not to contest the vote in favor of Rafsanjani, Mir-Tajeddini noted that they should come to an understanding with Rafsanjani and coordinate with him.

Even though the Coordinating Council of Revolutionary Forces plans to introduce a candidate other than Rafsanjani for the elections, it is not going to pursue a policy of indifference towards the former president and head of the powerful SEC, the legislator said.

The MP gave a negative response when asked if conservative candidates, Ali Larijani, and Ali Akbar Velayati voice their support for Rafsanjani, it would improve the chances of the other rightist candidates, namely Ahmad Tavvakoli and Tehran mayor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"If and when the Coordinating Council of the Revolutionary Forces backs one hopeful, that candidate will not withdraw if Rafsanjani decides to run, because that candidate will enter the race after coordination with Rafsanjani.""