Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Iran Daily: MP Eshrat Shayeq Defends Fundamentalists

Iran Daily: "MP Defends Fundamentalists

TEHRAN, Feb. 15--Some people are accusing fundamentalists of trying to kick up a fight and of rough behavior in the course of the presidential election slated for June 17, an MP from Tabriz said.
In a Majlis pre-agenda speech on Tuesday, Eshrat Shayeq added that the fundamentalists take pride in trying to devise a system based on genuine Islam, IRNA reported.
She claimed that the Islamic system owes its success to fundamentalists.
'If a fundamentalist candidate wins the next presidential race, he will try to establish a government that promotes justice. And justice is something people have been looking for,' she said.
The MP claimed that the fundamentalist government will do its best for uprooting poverty, corruption and discrimination from the society.
'Some people argue that a political standstill will prevail if conservatives win the upcoming presidential election due to conformity between Majlis and the government,' he said.
Shayeq opined that fundamentalist candidates should be aware that selecting a particular candidate does not mean others should abandon the fundamentalist current.
Commenting on the government budget bill for the next Iranian year (ending March 20), the lawmaker noted that the next yearÕs budget bill contradicts articles 45 and 53 of the constitution.
'Why should the government allocate 212,000 billion rials for some sectors while they do not need it?' she asked.
Shayeq argued that the government should be accountable for its non-compliance with articles of the constitution."