Tuesday, June 21, 2005

7DAYS - Students backing Rafsanjani

7DAYS - Students backing Rafsanjani: "Students backing Rafsanjani
Written by 7DAYS | Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Iran's main student group dropped its presidential election boycott yesterday and told its supporters to vote for pragmatist cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (below) to block a hardline candidate.

The Office to Consolidate Unity, had told its supporters that voting would only endorse a system controlled by hardline clerics, made a sharp u-turn after Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, linked to the hardline Revolutionary Guard and Basij religious paramilitaries, made it through to a second round run-off with Rafsanjani scheduled for Friday.

"Pro-reform students have decided to back Rafsanjani to prevent the establishment of a totalitarian system if Ahmadinejad wins the vote," student leader Sajjad Ghoroghi told Reuters."