Sunday, December 19, 2004

Tavakoli vows to fight economic corruption if elected president

Tavakoli vows to fight economic corruption if elected president: "Tavakoli vows to fight economic corruption if elected president
TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (MNA) –- Leading MP Ahmad Tavakoli said here on Sunday that economic development and the campaign against corruption would be his priorities if were elected president.
“I will make efforts to develop the economic sphere, fight corruption, and use forces loyal to Islamic values who are willing to avoid the pursuit of personal interests in order to rescue people from poverty,” he told the Mehr News Agency.

Referring to his plans for the government as a potential conservative candidate in the next presidential election scheduled for spring 2005, Tavakoli said the best way to achieve a massive voter turnout is to insist on the rule of law.

“Having a variety of candidates in elections is also effective, but the main factor is related to the officials’ efforts to satisfy the people. I believe the atmosphere is currently appropriate,” the MP opined.

Tavakoli, along with former Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) director Ali Larijani, ex-foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Reza’i, and Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad are the conservative faction’s main candidates for the next presidential election.

Tavakoli went on to say that the conservatives used legal criteria based on the Constitution as well as the individuals’ personal records to select the five candidates.

The conservative faction will make every effort to select a single candidate from among this group, he said in conclusion."