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Iran News - Iran's rightists likely to compromise

Iran News - Iran's rightists likely to compromise: "Iran's rightists likely to compromise

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - ©2005 IranMania.com
LONDON, April 12 (IranMania) - A politician doubted the rightist faction could reach consensus on a single candidate for the presidential election because “all of them want to be president“.

Head of the headquarters supporting the presidential candidacy of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Mehdi Emami-Naseri, said on Monday making a compromise was still an option and a strong possibility for rightist groups.

“A compromise would mean allowing one candidate to run on the condition that should the person emerge as the winner, he give others who quit in favor of him a share in the future cabinet,“ he was quoted as saying by IRNA.

“This, however, could pose a serious threat to the executive body.“

The headquarters, operating 131 provincial branches, was established in early winter to endorse Rafsanjani’s candidacy in the June 17 poll.

Criticizing a leading rightist figure, Mohammad Reza Bahonar, for his insistence on introducing Ali Larijani as a good choice, Emami-Naseri said such attitudes confirm the existence of patriarchy within the rightist faction and also shows heavyweights are playing games with other aspirants.

“Under circumstances where candidates see their chances of victory boosted by destruction of other’s character, Rafsanjani’s candidacy would definitely make the electoral atmosphere healthier and more realistic,“ he said.

Emami-Naseri said it is still not clear whether Rafsanjani will run.

“A final decision rests upon how rightists make a compromise. Rafsanjani can steer the country toward security, welfare and development but since he refuses political bargaining and is not easily intimidated, certain groups are determined to make him stay out,“ he said."