Saturday, March 05, 2005

Fundamentalists Agree to Have Single Candidate

Iran Daily: "Fundamentalists Agree to Have Single Candidate

TEHRAN, March 5--A member of the Fundamentalists Faction on Saturday said six presidential aspirants have agreed to the selection of a single candidate through public opinion polls by May and the withdrawal of others.
According to IRNA, Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajeddini also told reporters, “The six fundamentalist candidates, namely Leader’s Representative in Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani, Tehran MP Ahmad Tavakkoli, Secretary of State Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Leader’s Advisor Ali Akbar Velayati, Tehran Police Chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have agreed that whoever tops the opinion polls should be selected as the final candidate and all others will endorse his candidacy.“
Mir-Tajeddini further said the main criterion for selecting a single candidate will be popular support."