Sunday, February 27, 2005

Rafsanjani determined to run for president as groups are widely divided

Rafsanjani determined to run for president as groups are widely divided: "Rafsanjani determined to run for president as groups are widely divided

TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (MNA) -– A number of Majlis representatives, mostly from the Unity and Efficiency Faction, have met with the Expediency Council chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani urging him to run for the upcoming presidential election, a source told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
In the meeting MP Kazem Jalali, who represents Neishabur, addressed Rafsanjani as an equalizer of the conservatives who has been playing leading roles in the Iraqi imposed war against Iran and other crises facing the Islamic Revolution.

Rafsanjani told the MPs that if he feels that he can do something important he will surely enter the fray and will not be worried even if he is not elected.

Rafsanjani also said some of the candidates are not eligible for the presidential post and that he wants Iran to get on the right track.

He stated that since rival political groups have not succeeded to reach agreements on particular candidates he has become more determined to contest the post.

Meanwhile Ismaeil Jabarzadeh from the Majlis minority faction told reporters on Sunday, “Our understandings of Rafsanjani’s statement in meeting with Majlis representatives is that he will run in the presidential election.”

Jabarzadeh said that in the meeting, 25 MPs who are also university professors asked Rafsanjani to run for the post.

Issues such as the nuclear standoff, sluggishness in stock exchange and dealings with foreign countries were also raised, Jabarzadeh stated.

He added that Rafsanjani stressed Iran’s inalienable right to use nuclear technology for civilian purposes by noting that “We will not budge on findings of our young scientists.”

Rafsanjani also stressed the need to adopt a logical approach in international dealings, the MP pointed out.

Meanwhile, according to another report from the Mehr News Agency, Dr. Fatima Khatami, a former MP and university professor, has been appointed as the chairperson of the election headquarters of the Physical Education Organization chief Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh.

Mehr-Alizadeh is the first candidate who has assigned a woman as his electoral chief."