Sunday, January 16, 2005

Specialists Association will only support Rafsanjani candidacy

SA will only support Rafsanjani candidacy: "SA will only support Rafsanjani candidacy
TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) -- Rahman Ranjbar, the chairman of the election committee of the Specialists Association (SA), said on Sunday that the SA will only support Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the upcoming presidential election.

The association is determined to support no other candidate besides Rafsanjani, he told the Mehr News Agency.

Asked what the SA would do if Rafsanjani decided to support the candidacy of former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Ranjbar said that the party had not made a decision on the matter.

The SA insists on Rafsanjani’s candidacy in the election and will continue its efforts to encourage him to run, he said.

Rafsanjani served as Iranian president from 1989 to 1997."