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IranMania News: "Iran's Rafsanjani waiting for response of elite

Saturday, January 01, 2005 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) - Iran's State Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said if the elite reached the conclusion that he should run for presidency, he would do so.

In a meeting with the chairman and members of the Association of Parliamentarians in the Post-Islamic Revolution Era, Rafsanjani said, "At this juncture I do not intend to run for presidency. But if the elite concluded that I should run for presidency at this historic moment, God willing, I would enter the electoral scene."

According to ISNA, head of the association, Mostafa Naseri-Zanjani, also addressed the meeting and said the next president should be a person who can mobilize all the capacities of political factions and the sympathizers of the Islamic Revolution, and adheres to the constitution and the progressive notion of supreme jurisprudence.

He noted that the future chief executive must transcend factional considerations.

Naseri-Zanjani further said that under the sensitive international conditions and at a time when enemies of the Islamic Revolution are plotting against it, the next president should be a well-known figure on the international scene and enjoy a broad support base on the home front.

Addressing Rafsanjani, Naseri-Zanjani said, "We respect all the political factions and people who have nominated themselves for presidency. However, at this juncture we feel that you have a previous experience of presidency and are a clear choice for president this time around. Therefore, if you consider it expedient, enter the electoral scene so that the people and sympathizers of the Islamic Revolution would have no worries.""