Monday, April 18, 2005

Qalibaf Further Fratures Conservative Bloc

Candidates should tell the truth: Karrubi: "Qalibaf represents new faction: analyst

University professor Majid Hosseini said on Monday that former police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf’s campaign has created a third faction among the conservatives with a modern outlook.

The new group’s interpretation of fundamentalism is not in line with previous outlooks although all three factions have a common root, Hosseini told the Mehr News Agency.

“Members of the first faction are traditional conservatives represented by the Coordination Council for the Islamic Revolution Forces Committee (CCIRFC).

“The second faction is comprised of radical rightists that hold tougher stances on foreign policy and the economic situation.”

Hosseini referred to Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad and MP Ahmad Tavakoli as members of the second conservative faction.

“The third faction however was established as Qalibaf entered the race.

“This faction believes that fundamentalism is defined by time not by place or people.”

He added that the new faction is gradually becoming accepted among the people as a pragmatic rather than theoretical political group.

Referring to the reformists’ position, Hosseini said that the reformist Second Khordad faction hopes that its candidate Mostafa Moin would be disqualified so that it can prove massive participation in the polls will not be possible without reformist candidates. "