Monday, June 20, 2005

Iran Daily: New Coalitions Shaping for Presidential Runoff - IIPF, IRMO Support Rafsanjani

Iran Daily: "New Coalitions Shaping for Presidential Runoff

IIPF, IRMO Support Rafsanjani

Ahamdinejad Backed
By Sacrificers
TEHRAN, June 19--Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) announced Sunday it will actively enter the second round of election "against the front that relies on political-military ideology".
The reformist party which backed Mostafa Moin and lost in the first round said, "In order to prevent rightists from monopolizing all branches of power, we want forces that advocate freedom, democracy and human rights to abandon their indifference toward what has happened and react accordingly in the second round."
The IIPF also warned that a current has used all the state means and facilities to impose a particular person as the next chief executive, implicitly criticizing the support extended by military and paramilitary forces for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and backing Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the top vote-getter, in the second round.
Another reformist entity Islamic Revolution's Mujahideen Organization (IRMO) came out openly in support of Rafsanjani for the presidential runoff.
In related news, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who also lost the race in the first round, met on Sunday with Rafsanjani and is soon expected to announce his support.
A rightist body, the Society of Islamic Revolution's Sacrificers came out in support of Ahmadinejad for the second round on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mostafa Moin, in a message to the nation on Sunday, thanked the people and the elite for extensively participating in the election.
"Formation of the front for democracy and human rights in line with increasing the capacities of the citizens and upholding the rights of political activists, groups and civil institutions and expediting democratization as well as improving national unity and security is a part of social assets. Organizing the young and intellectual forces, which voted in all humbleness, is another exigency of our times. I shall gradually attend to these issues within the framework that I have always adhered to, but what I presently refer to is another exigency," part of the message said.
Moin, also a former higher education minister, said, "Now that the result of the election has been declared, it is clear that despite all the warnings issued by the president, interior minister and political parties, a special current targeted the health of the electoral race."
He claimed that in the final days of the race, a powerful and intimidating current entered the scene for ensuring the victory of a particular candidate and eliminating other candidates.
Moin also claimed that what happened was an illegal move for depriving one candidate of his rights and increasing the chances of victory of another candidate.
In related development, Jiroft MP Ali Zadsar called on Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to present a report on the performance of individuals and groups, which misused their legal status for defaming him, to the people and the leader.
"I have spent 26 years of my life in political and electoral activities and I never witnessed such an intensive character assassination against one of the genuine sympathizers of the Islamic system. These people introduced Rafsanjani as the root cause of all the problems of the society. At any rate, it is fortunate that Rafsanjani garnered six million votes," he said.
In another development, manager of Hayyan Publishing House, Mehdi Khazali said the campaign activities of Ahmadinejad were acts of demagoguery and warned against such a trend.
He recalled that during his tenure as Tehran mayor, Ahmadinejad engaged in demagoguery to pave the way for his victory in the presidential race instead of paying attention to Tehran's urban development.
"People still remember how Tehran Municipality threw feasts. On what basis did religious groups receive financial assistance from TM? On what basis did substitute Friday prayer leaders receive money from Tehran mayor?" he asked.
Khazali stressed that Ahmadinejad spent billions of rials for his campaign activities without the approval of Tehran City Council.
Moreover, Ahmadinejad issued a communiquĊ½ announcing his preparedness to cooperate with other presidential candidates.
The communiquĊ½ urges all other candidates, except Rafsanjani, who is running against him in the second round, to support him in the second round.
Ahmadinejad also reiterated that he entered the race without being affiliated to any political party and will remain so till the end.
Furthermore, supporters of Ahmadinejad and Rafsanjani are reorganizing their campaigns for the second round on Sunday.
This is the first time the presidential election has been dragged into the second round in Iran. Campaigning can continue till Thursday and the runoff will be held on Friday."