Thursday, April 14, 2005

Qalibaf Campaign Claims Rafsanjani Like Numbers

Description of Selected News: "Election update

Tehran Times Political Desk
Qalibaf in close competition with Rafsanjani: MP

TEHRAN (MNA) -– MP Mohammad Dehghan, who acts as an advisor to former police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, said here on Wednesday that Qalibaf is competing closely with Expediency Council Chairman Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Dehghan said that opinion polls in some cities have revealed that Qalibaf and Rafsanjani are running almost neck and neck since Qalibaf needs only 3 to 5 percent more of the people’s vote to reach Rafsanjani.

He went on to say that Qalibaf has entered the competition with full force and this is why some people are making efforts to ruin him.

Dehghan added that there are no police officials in Qalibaf’s electoral headquarters. -Conservatives to reach consensus before Rafsanjani announces decision

MP Mohammad-Reza Mir Tajeddini said here on Wednesday that the conservatives will reach a consensus on a single presidential candidate before Rafsanjani announces decision on candidacy.

The conservatives’ final candidate will be selected after an opinion poll is conducted among the current six potential contenders, he told reporters.

Mir Tajeddini who is a member of the Majlis conservative faction went on to say that all conservative candidates have agreed on holding an opinion poll in late April. -Conservatives certain to agree on single candidate: Larijani

Presidential hopeful, Ali Larijani, said on Wednesday that the conservatives would certainly reach a consensus on a single candidate.

Larijani, the member of the Supreme National Security Council, started a five-day tour of the Fars and Charmahal Bakhtiyari provinces on Wednesday.

Speaking among reporters in Shiraz, he referred to the city as Iran’s cultural capital."