Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Speaker Haddad Adel Welcomes Rafsanjani's candidacy - Irna

Speaker: Fundamentalists do not reject Rafsanjani's candidacy - Irna: "Speaker: Fundamentalists do not reject Rafsanjani's candidacy Tehran, April 27, IRNA
9th Presidential Election-Speaker
Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel here Wednesday said that fundamentalists are not actually against may-be candidacy of Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

He told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with
representatives of labor unions, the conservatives composing the seventh Majlis have no objection to Rafsanjani's electoral campaign.

"I believe that he has not yet confirmed his candidacy. However, if he decides to run for the 9th presidential election, he will be welcomed," added Haddad Adel.

In response to the call of a number of researchers and producers from the agriculture and cattle breeding sector and experts of biotechnology on Monday for Rafsanjani's participation in the upcoming June election, the EC chairman admitted that apparently there is no way to get away with it.

"Presidency is currently one of the issues occupying my mind.

Though I prefer to see some one else take office as president, I believe that I should sign up as a candidate," said Rafsanjani.

In reply to the question whether Rafsanjani's candidacy will affect the voting, Haddad Adel said that the issue of public turnout is more important than the votes to be cast for a particular candidate.

Concerning the public participation and multiplicity of candidates, he said, "When the number of candidates increase, the votes will inevitably be divided."