Wednesday, January 12, 2005

VP Hossein Marashi Says Count Rafsanjani In

Iran Daily: "ECP Says Count Rafsanjani In

TEHRAN, Jan. 12--A key member of Executives of Construction Party Hossein Marashi announced veteran politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has finally made a decision and will run in the ninth presidential elections, ending months of speculations and uncertainties surrounding his candidacy.
Speaking to the press on the sidelines of an open parliament session on Wednesday, Marashi welcomed remarks by presidential hopeful Ali Akbar Velayati who announced he has launched an independent presidential campaign.
"Due to the Council of Coordinating Revolutionary Forces' delay in introducing a nominee, I have begun my campaign as an independent candidate," he told a press conference on Monday.
Marashi said running as an independent candidate would be to his advantage.
"If the delay in the council's announcement sparked such decision, then Velayati has taken the right move," he said."