Friday, May 20, 2005

Iran News - Moin Advocates the Rule of Law Over the Rule of God. Says late Imam Khomeini's Revolution is over

Iran News - Moin sees no major rightist rival in Iran's poll: "Moin sees no major rightist rival in Iran's poll

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - ©2005
LONDON, May 3 (IranMania) - Iran's Presidential aspirant Mostafa Moin said on Sunday he does not see any major rival from the conservative camp and he would remain a candidate even if former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani were to run for president.

Addressing a gathering of students at the University of Science and Technology, Moin said he considers national interest as the red line and that the nation needs a new approach to tackle opportunities and threats, IRNA reported.

“By national interest, I mean I should support the fundamental rights of people and I will not allow the rights of people to be violated,“ he said.

Moin further said he would prepare the ground for freedom of expression in universities.

Asked about his views on the High Council for Cultural Revolution, Moin said there is no place for such a council in the Constitution and the late Imam Khomeini ordered establishment of several institutions as an exigency in the early days of the Islamic Revolution.

“I think the state of affairs should be normalized by getting away from the revolutionary period. We should come back to the law, as all institutions should constitutionally be administered by public votes,“ he said.

The presidential aspirant said in case a council for cultural affairs is needed, it should be formed by the elite for examining cultural affairs and offering proposals for the betterment of cultural development.

Moin said people’s participation will safeguard the achievements of the reform movement and if the rightists were to win the presidential seat, they will undermine these achievements.

Questioned about how the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting should be administered, he said the law concerning IRIB administration should be changed and the government’s right to use the national media should be respected.

“Any move contrary to progress is doomed to fail,“ he said."