Sunday, May 15, 2005

Westerners attempting to poison electoral atmosphere: Larijani

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Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Conservative presidential candidate Ali Larijani told a gathering of people in a mosque in Shahr-e Rey, Tehran Province that the United States and the European Union are attempting to poison the electoral atmosphere in Iran by presenting a crisis-stricken image of the current situation in the country.

The United States is afraid that Iran may become a serious rival in the Middle East’s grand chess game and thus has adopted a strategy meant to influence the cultural, political, and social life of the country as opposed to a military strategy, he observed.

Iran will wisely stand up for its nuclear rights: Rafsanjani

“We will obtain our rights in the nuclear dossier through the use of wisdom,” Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told a gathering of people in Hamedan Province on Sunday.

Economic prosperity is one of Iran’s most important needs at this juncture, the presidential candidate added.

He went on to say that efforts must be made to bring the country out of the current economic downturn, to boost social welfare, and to maintain revolutionary causes in order to solve problems like unemployment, labor disputes, and economic pressure.

The EC chairman stated that his administration would prioritize solving social problems and increasing the people’s participation in the management of political and social affairs if he won the presidential election.

Rafsanjani also said that mastering nuclear fuel technology is the Iranian nation’s inalienable right, adding that Iran would realize its right through the use of wisdom and with no harm to the country.

Iran in dire need of efficient government: Qalibaf

Conservative presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said on Saturday that Iran is in dire need of the people’s active participation as well as efficient, active management at this critical juncture, so that mutual confidence can be established between the people and officials, as a result of which he believes a great number of the problems of society would be solved.

It is a great honor that the Islamic Revolution of Iran is strengthening national cohesion day by day, he told a crowd of people at the Takhti Stadium of Khorramabad, Lorestan Province during a campaign stop.

Rezaii calls entrepreneurs economic engines

Presidential hopeful Mohsen Rezaii said here on Sunday that the economy should not be the monopoly of anyone in the name of the government, religion, or entrepreneurship, adding that the government should work hard to create job opportunities.

The country has some potential entrepreneurs, but they need proper training and education, he noted.

Rezaii called entrepreneurs economic engines, adding that equal opportunities should be provided to everyone so every citizen could become an entrepreneur."