Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Iran News - Haddad: Rafsanjani entry kept rightists away

Iran News - Haddad: Rafsanjani entry kept rightists away: "Haddad: Rafsanjani entry kept rightists away

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - ©2005

LONDON, May 18 (IranMania) - Iran's Majlis speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel said the presence of former president, Akbar Hasehmi Rafsanjani, greatly influenced the presence of rightist candidates in the ninth presidential election slated for June 17.

Speaking at a press conference in Markazi province on Tuesday, Haddad-Adel said some rightists who wanted to register in the election refrained from doing so because of Rafsanjani’s candidacy, IRNA reported.

He expressed hope that the final list of candidates and their consensus will pave the way for electing a popular president.

Commenting on Iran’s nuclear dossier and the government’s mandate to continue uranium enrichment, the speaker pointed out that after Guardians Council approves the bill on uranium enrichment, the government will have a greater say in nuclear talks.

Asked about the plan for stabilization of prices, he said the plan will curb inflation.

“Some newspapers have exaggerated the differences of opinion between Majlis and the government over price stabilization,“ he said.

Haddad-Adel noted that he will inform Management and Planning Organization and the cabinet about the problems faced by people and officials of Markazi province."