Thursday, February 17, 2005

Mostafa Derayati: Rightists Face Factional Disputes

Iran Daily: "Rightists Face Factional Disputes

GORGAN, Golestan, Feb. 16--Presidential advisor, Mostafa Derayati, said factional disputes among conservatives and disagreements over finding a consensual candidate for the next presidential election is a political reality.
ÒIt is a reflection of long and deep-running differences of opinions among members of the rightist camp,Ó he said, adding that disagreements have existed among them longer than one might expect.
Speaking to a group of reporters in this northern province late Tuesday, Derayati was also skeptical about reformists reaching an agreement for endorsing a single nominee, although there is still hope.
The official rejected remarks that the nomination of former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, would do the reform camp more harm than good, and said reformists would welcome his decision to run.
ÒThose who once considered opponents of Rafsanjani as enemies of the prophet should be asked why they are so worried about his comeback,Ó he said."