Sunday, May 29, 2005

Tehran Times Political Desk

Description of Selected News: "Election Countdown

Tehran Times Political Desk
Change of attitude necessary in executive branch: Qalibaf TEHRAN (MNA) -- Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the final candidate of the reform-seeking conservatives, said at the Last Word conference here on Friday, “I am here to tell those who believe in Imam Khomeini’s causes, those who believe in religion’s role in social affairs, that people should not have to face a dilemma. I am here to say that our people want both freedom and justice, economic growth and a higher standard of living, religion and joie de vivre, and I will spare no effort to achieve that.”

Commenting on the division of responsibilities between experts and the youth, he said that there are two main points. First of all, managers and executive branch officials need to change their attitude, and secondly, the Constitution must be correctly implemented, Qalibaf explained.

He went on to say that he would pay special attention to those social strata which have been heretofore neglected, adding that in a country in which two thirds of the population is under 30, the youth and young adults should play an essential role in domestic affairs.

Ahmadinejad emphasizes importance of 20-year Outlook Plan

“We have a historic responsibility today, and that is to establish a justice-seeking spirit among all social strata,” presidential candidate Mahmud Ahmadinejad said here on Friday.

The Tehran mayor added that entering the election scene is a divine action and so its objective should be divine as well.

Ahmadinejad called the Islamic Revolution of Iran one of the most important revolutions in the world and said that one of the unique characteristics of the Islamic revolution is the fact that it is moderate.

He stated that his progressive administration would make serious efforts to realize the objectives of the 20-year Outlook Plan, adding that through establishing justice in the country, the nation can realize the objectives of the plan.

Ahmadinejad said that Iranian economists should guide Iran’s economy in such a way so as to solve the economic problems of the people, adding that government officials should adopt an attitude of service to the nation.

Karrubi advises conservatives to reach consensus on single candidate

Former Majlis speaker Mahdi Karrubi stated on Friday that the conservatives should reach a consensus on a single candidate in order to prevent division.

Speaking to reporters in Ardebil Province, Karrubi expressed hope that an enthusiastic election would be held now that the qualifications of the two prominent candidates Mostafa Moin and Mohsen Mehralizadeh have been confirmed. Asked whether he thought Moin would drop out of the race, the reformist candidate said, “I don’t see any reason for a possible withdrawal from Moin.”

Meanwhile, Karrubi told the Fars News Agency on Friday that some candidates were likely to withdraw from the election over the next several days.

He noted that a smaller field of candidates would lead to greater public participation in the poll, adding that in the current situation a runoff was very likely.

Iran in need of planning: Mehralizadeh

Presidential hopeful Mohsen Mehralizadeh said on Friday that the country is in need of planning in order to resolve various social and economic problems, including the key issue of unemployment. Speaking to a gathering of people in Tabriz, the vice president noted that the Iranian youth are eager to help run their country, adding, “We do not have the right to deprive them of this opportunity.”

Mehralizadeh stated that the next president should be someone from the second generation of the revolution who is also familiar with the third generation and the world.

“Such a person would be able to resolve the country’s problems by creating an atmosphere of cooperation between the third generation and the government,” he said."