Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Larijani to be CCIRFC candidate: MP

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Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- MP Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, a member of the Coordination Council for the Islamic Revolution Forces Committee, said here on Monday that the CCIRFC had selected Ali Larijani as its presidential candidate.

He added that Larijani has some special personal, spiritual, and family idiosyncrasies, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s belief in his efficiency is common knowledge. -I have identified 110 critical national problems: Larijani

Presidential candidate Ali Larijani said at a gathering of over 500 political and cultural figures at Tehran’s Nur Mosque on Monday that he has identified 110 national problems, adding that it is essential to solve these problems to increase the efficiency of the government.

“After holding some discussions with experts, we have come to the conclusion that a plan should be formulated for the future of the country, which would be a true analysis of our situation in comparison with other countries,” he explained.

Larijani, who is also a member of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, noted that Iran’s geopolitical situation is quite significant, adding that U.S. officials are well aware of the fact that they will never be able to dominate the Islamic Republic. -Qalibaf says his concerns are in line with the people’s concerns

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf told reporters in Mashhad on Tuesday that he is an independent candidate not affiliated to any political party, but added that he would naturally welcome the support of any party or political group.

He declared that as a conservative, he was working for victory in the presidential election with a massive turnout and would spare no effort to realize his goal.

He went on to say that his concerns are in line with the people’s concerns, adding that it is up to the nation to accept him or not. -Iran’s main challenges are juridical: candidate

Commenting on his motivation for running for president, Hossein Mir Mohammad Sadeqi said that there are a great number of juridical principles that are not quite clear in Iranian organizations, but if a lawyer became head of state, this problem could be resolved.

Sadeqi, who has a Ph.D. in international law, said that the main challenges facing the Islamic Republic of Iran, such as its nuclear dossier, the Caspian Sea, and the Persian Gulf, are all legal issues. -Rafsanjani best man to conduct nuclear talks: legislator

MP Teymour Ali Asgari, who represents Mashhad in the Majlis, said here on Tuesday that Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is one of the distinguished political figures in the country who can lead the conservatives toward a consensus.

He mentioned that the European Union has been trying to connect Iran’s nuclear issue with the upcoming presidential election, saying that since Rafsanjani’s potential candidacy has become more serious, it seems that he is the best man to conduct nuclear talks. -Next president must have diplomatic skills: lawmaker

MP Iraj Nadimi of the Majlis Economic Committee said here on Tuesday that the presidential candidates should bear in mind that a president is an executive official not a legislator.

It is essential that presidential candidates observe Islamic rules in their campaigns, and they also should elaborate on their activities both before and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, he added.

Nadimi, who represents Lahijan in the Majlis, stated that Iran needs a president who can solve international problems through diplomacy.

In conclusion, Nadimi said that a massive voter turnout would guarantee Iran’s future rather than the president’s."