Sunday, April 24, 2005

Rafsanjani to announce final decision on candidacy soon

Rafsanjani to announce final decision on candidacy soon: "Rafsanjani to announce final decision on candidacy soon
TEHRAN, April 24 (MNA) -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will announce his final decision about whether to become a candidate in the presidential election this week.
Rafsanjani is due to make an official announcement in an interview with an Iranian media outlet.

Reports indicate that the possibility of a Rafsanjani candidacy has recently increased. However, he has frequently stated that he would prefer to withdraw in favor of younger efficient candidates, if they entered the race.

Previous reports revealed that Supreme National Security Council Secretary Hassan Rowhani would officially announce his candidacy if Rafsanjani decided not to enter the race."