Friday, January 14, 2005

Iran Daily: Mardomsalari Endorses Karoubi

Iran Daily: "Next President

MARDOMSALARI: It cannot and should not be doubted that the people of Iran have acquired sufficient political maturity due to participating in various electoral races. Today people possess the power to determine their own fate. The citizens of the republic are determined to convey to the world that they are still present on the scene, in light of their knowledge, sense of commitment and firm will power, by showing up in large numbers at the polling stations for the next presidential election. The people will definitely vote for the candidate who adheres to the lofty ideals of the late Imam and who attaches credence to the continuation of the process of amelioration based on Islamic teachings. The next chief executive will be a man who never succumbed to the oppressive policies of the former monarchical regime. He will be fair and just and will always welcome constructive criticism. The future president will also be a man who can relate to the problems of the poor and needy despite being the number two man of the country. This man should be a student of Imam Khomeini's school of thought and hence know adequately about fighting for freedom and endurance. Who has all these characteristics? It seems that only former Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi is competent enough to become the next president of the republic.