Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Karrubi vows to use most capable people with varying viewpoints in next cabinet

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Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- The secretary general of the Association of Combatant Clerics (ACC), Mahdi Karrubi, said here on Tuesday that he would appoint the most capable people with varying viewpoints to the next cabinet if elected president.

In a campaign speech, the former Majlis speaker called on all the people to participate in the poll, saying that refusing to cast ballots in elections would not change anything but would only worsen the situation.

The more people participate in the election, the more negotiating power the next president will have in order to satisfy the people’s demands, Karrubi said. -IIPP member rejects rumors that Moin has dropped out of race

A leading member of the Islamic Iran Participation Party (IIPP) on Tuesday rejected reports that former science minister Mostafa Moin had withdrawn from the presidential race in favor of Karrubi.

“Mr. Moin himself has emphasized that he will not withdraw in favor of someone else,” Ahmad Shirzad told the Mehr News Agency.

“If Moin wanted to withdraw, he would not have entered the presidential race from the beginning,” Shirzad said.

The secretary of the Assembly of Researchers and Teachers of the Qom Seminary, Ayatollah Hossein Musavi Tabrizi, said on Tuesday that fomenting ethnic disputes in the election is an ignorant act of bigotry that is against national interests and the Constitution.

“We have not yet decided who to support in the election and see no need to make a hurried decision since there is still time for certain other people to announce their candidacy,” Musavi Tabrizi told MNA.

The main objective of the Assembly of Researchers and Teachers of the Qom Seminary is to witness a massive voter turnout in the poll, he said. -Presidential hopeful announces support for televised debate

Presidential hopeful Ahmad Tavakoli, in a letter to the director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) network, Ezatollah Zarghami, announced his support for televised debates between presidential candidates.

Such television programs will give people the opportunity to compare the viewpoints and plans of various candidates and make wiser decisions, the MP said. -Disagreements among conservatives necessitate Rafsanjani candidacy: MP

MP Teimur Ali Asgari said on Tuesday that the conservatives should not make a hurried decision but should select candidates that enjoy public support.

The current disagreements among the conservatives and the fact that they have not yet reached a consensus on a single candidate further necessitate the participation of Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the presidential race, Asgari commented."