Friday, January 21, 2005

SA members to meet Rafsanjani next Monday

SA members to meet Rafsanjani next Monday: "SA members to meet Rafsanjani next Monday

TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (MNA) -- Khosro Nasirizadeh, the chairman of the Specialists Association (SA), announced on Friday that members of the SA presiding board are to meet with Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani next Monday.
A number of academics and MPs will also be attending the meeting, in which Rafsanjani will be asked to run in the upcoming presidential election, he told the Mehr News Agency.

“Our assumption is that he will participate in the election, unless it is proven otherwise. If that is the case, we must consider another candidate,” Nasirizadeh said.

He added that the SA plans to hold an election congress next month.

Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Guardian Council member Reza Zavvarei, president of the Islamic Azad University Abdullah Jasbi, and former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati have been invited to express their views at the congress.

“Our main candidate is Rafsanjani and he is obliged to run due to the numerous requests,” Nasirizadeh noted.

He said that presidential candidates will register on May 9, adding that the final candidates will be announced on May 27.

“Therefore, it is still too soon for Rafsanjani to officially announce his participation in the election.”"