Saturday, January 22, 2005

Conservatives should not field so many presidential candidates: MP Mohammad-Reza Mir Tajeddini

Conservatives should not field so many presidential candidates: MP: "Conservatives should not field so many presidential candidates: MP
TEHRAN, Jan. 22 (MNA) -- MP Mohammad-Reza Mir Tajeddini said here on Saturday that the conservatives should not field so many candidates for the upcoming presidential election.
The rising number of conservative candidates is the result of attempts by the rival faction to create dissension in the conservative camp, the member of the Majlis conservative faction told the Mehr News Agency.

“The conservatives should have reduced the number of nominees from the beginning, and I believe the strategy of fielding several candidates is very dangerous for this group,” he said.

Asked about the possible candidacy of Police Chief Brigadier General Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf of the conservative camp, the MP stated that the conservatives had not yet discussed the matter.

There is no need to field Qalibaf unless he proves to be more qualified than the five nominees already selected, Mir Tajeddini said.

The conservatives plan to select only one candidate from their shortlist of five potential candidates: former IRIB TV director Ali Larijani, former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, MP Ahmad Tavakoli, Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, and Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Reza’i.

The official website of the Coalition for the Development of Islamic Iran, one of the most important member groups of the Coordination Council for the Islamic Revolution Forces Committee, recently conducted an opinion poll on possible presidential candidates and announced that the results showed that Qalibaf has the best chance of victory."