Saturday, January 08, 2005

Reformists squandering opportunities due to lack of vision: analyst

Reformists squandering opportunities due to lack of vision: analyst: "Reformists squandering opportunities due to lack of vision: analyst
TEHRAN, Jan. 8 (MNA) -- Political analyst Sadeq Zibakalam said on Saturday that the reformists are more concerned about their factional and group interests and reinforcing their grip on power than pushing ahead for continued reforms and political development, and this could put their plummeting popularity on the verge of collapse.
The most important problem for the reformists is not that their vote could be split between different candidates but the fact that those people who voted for the reformists in the 1997 and 2001 presidential elections and are still potential supporters of the faction are noticing that the reformists have no vision of the future and this could discourage them from voting in the June presidential election, the analyst told the Mehr News Agency.

The reformist parties and groups are split between the candidacy of former Majlis speaker Mahdi Karrubi, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, and former science minister Mostafa Moein, he added.

Zibakalam predicted that the reformists would fail to reach a consensus on a common strategy and a single candidate and observed that this would be the greatest mistake the reformists ever made.

The reformists will probably also squander their slight chance of winning the presidential election due to the approach they have adopted, Zibakalam noted."