Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Interior Ministry thanks Leader for order to review candidates' qualifications

Interior Ministry thanks Leader for order to review candidates� qualifications: "Interior Ministry thanks Leader for order to review candidates’ qualifications
TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) -- The Interior Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday thanking Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for his wise order to the Guardian Council to reconsider the qualifications of two reformist presidential candidates, Mostafa Moin and Mohsen Mehralizadeh.
The statement reads: “The upcoming ninth presidential election is one of the main rubrics of national unity, and so any kind of decision in this regard would have to face the judgment of both the Iranian nation and history.

“A massive turnout, upon which all Iranian officials, and particularly the Leader, had emphasized, had always been one of the main strategies (necessary) to achieve the objectives of the Islamic Revolution and the freedoms specified in the Constitution.

“Nevertheless, the announcement of the first decision of the Guardian Council on the disqualification of some candidates almost threatened (to influence) the people’s turnout, which would have resulted in damage to both the government and the country. Fortunately, however, the wise suggestion of Ayatollah Khamenei paved the way for holding an enthusiastic presidential election.

“Alongside other organizations in the country, the Interior Ministry feels duty bound to provide better conditions for the election and hereby expresses its gratitude to the Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, for his prudent measure.”

CCIRFC trying to unite conservatives: Bahonar

Majlis Vice Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar said in Qom on Monday that the well-known candidates may be on top in the recent opinion polls, but added that the situation would change as the election approaches.

Bahonar told reporters that the Coordination Council for the Islamic Revolution Forces Committee (CCIRFC) has endeavored to unite the conservatives, but, despite the existence of an absolute majority in the CCIRFC, some still believe that it is too early to make a decision.

Nevertheless, the CCIRFC will spare no effort to unite the conservatives, he added.

Pointing to the fact that people were reluctant to witness a repeat of past experiences, he said that the CCIRFC decided that “Fresh Air” would be its main slogan since society is in need some fresh air.

Bahonar also noted that the possibility of Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani withdrawing has not been completely rejected, adding that if the conservatives move toward an appropriate unity which satisfies Rafsanjani, it can hold some negotiations with him in this regard.

Tehran mayor says Leader’s wise act will increase enthusiasm for election

Presidential hopeful Mahmud Ahmadinejad said here on Tuesday that the recent order of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to the Guardian Council to reconsider the qualifications of two reformist presidential candidates, Mostafa Moin and Mohsen Mehralizadeh, will certainly liven up the election.

The Tehran mayor called the Leader’s order a significant manifestation of the government’s strength and capacity to safeguard public interests.

He also noted that the flexibility of the Iranian government and the open political atmosphere in the country have provided a unique framework for holding an enthusiastic presidential election.

Alami questions decision barring him from presidential election

MP Akbar Alami, who was disqualified by the Guardian Council as a candidate for Iran’s ninth presidential election, on Tuesday criticized Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel for not appealing to the oversight body, saying he expected the speaker to defend parliament’s dignity and prestige.

The Majlis deputy representing Tabriz said, “I was excluded from the list of qualified nominees while I have won a seat in the past two parliamentary elections and served on the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee as a member. I have chaired the Iran-Europe Parliamentary Friendship Group and represented the country in negotiations with the Europeans. I have been the chairman of a council which supervised the activities of state radio and TV. I have written at least 500 political essays.

“Now, the GC has not recognized me as a man of politics (rajol).”

In response, Haddad Adel said that he had not named any candidates in his letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, but had only called for an increase in the number of presidential hopefuls approved to run."