Monday, March 28, 2005

Rafsanjani is only candidate of Coalition for Better Future: Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht

Description of Selected News: "Rafsanjani is only candidate of Coalition for Better Future

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) – Spokesman of the Ninth Coalition for a Better Future, Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht said here on Friday that the coalition is actively supporting the candidacy of the Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the upcoming presidential election.

Rafsanjani will most probably announce candidacy in late April, Nobakht, who also acts as the director general of the Moderation and Development Party, told the Mehr News Agency.

The Ninth Coalition for a Better Future was originally established for the sole purpose of supporting Rafsanjani in the presidential race but has reportedly considered supporting Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) secretary Hassan Rowhani if Rafsanjani refuses to run for the presidential post.

The issue was brought up on once in the coordination council of the coalition, Nobakht explained.

“But since members of the coalition are of different views concerning candidates other than Rafsanjani we decided not to discuss the issue anymore,” he added.

Abulghasem Ra’oufian, head of the electoral committee of the Followers of Imam and Leadership Front (FILF), announced on Friday that the conservatives’ desired presidential candidate will certainly not be introduced by the end of the current Iranian year (starting March 21)."