Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Qalibaf vows to pay special attention to Sunnis and religious minorities

Qalibaf vows to pay special attention to Sunnis and religious minorities: "Election Countdown
Qalibaf vows to pay special attention to Sunnis and religious minorities
TEHRAN, June 8 (MNA) -- Presidential hopeful Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said in the Sarv district of West Azerbaijan Province on Wednesday that his administration would pay special attention to the Sunni Muslim brothers and religious minorities.
He promised to use the untapped capacities of the Constitution to realize this ideal.

He also paid tribute to the role of the Sunni brothers in the development of Iran in the economic, cultural, and social spheres, and said that all the capacities of the Constitution should be used to provide equal opportunities, facilities, and local management.

Iran can train efficient managers: Rafsanjani

Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Wednesday that in order to increase the role of the people in comprehensive national development, efforts should be made to strengthen their national and religious sentiments.

The presidential candidate also pointed to the significance of the relationship between the people and the clergy and said that making use of these pioneers of the revolution is quite essential and useful in delivering the fruitful messages of Islam and the Quran to the people.

On the threshold of the Islamic Republic’s ninth presidential election, the United States is making efforts to decrease voter turnout and create a commotion after the election, so Iranians should try to foil their plots, Rafsanjani observed.

In conclusion, he said that Iranian society has the potential to train efficient managers.

Hope Administration’ will be government of love: Larijani

In a message addressed to Iranian youth, presidential candidate Ali Larijani said, “The only demand of all the Iranian youth is to have a bright future, a future in which there is no sunset, a future in which every Iranian youth can enjoy a secure life with happiness, and a future in which he can be proud of his national identity.”

The message added that the ‘Hope Administration’ would be determined to ensure Iran achieves the highest level of development in the region, and in order to achieve that ideal, it needs the engine of the love of the Iranian nation.

It went on to say that the Hope Administration would be the administration of love.

Larijani also stated that the Hope Administration would be the administration of peace and security for the youth, in which the issues of employment, marriage, housing, insurance, crime, addiction, sports, art, and freedom would be prioritized.

He said he is determined to establish a modern administration and that his strategy to achieve this objective would entail using scientific methods in management and planning, adding that whoever becomes the next president of Iran should be aware that he is dependent on the youth and that ignoring the youth would be very dangerous for the country.

Iran’s aware people and scholars will determine fate of reforms: Moin

“Sooner or later, the opponents of reforms will be obliged to revise their stance, since Iran’s aware people and scholars will jointly determine the fate of reforms in the country,” presidential candidate Mostafa Moin said on Wednesday.

Speaking to a huge crowd of people in Khoy, West Azarbaijan Province, Moin stated that he would support and defend Iranians’ rights and prevent any clandestine decision-making and action.

He noted that the new process of reforms is based on a scientific approach, adding that awareness would be the most important issue for his government.

Speaking at another gathering in Urmia also on Wednesday, Moin said that he has a moral, scientific, and democratic political outlook.

The reformist candidate noted that he would strengthen non-governmental organizations and establish various political, economic, cultural, and religious parties and groups, if elected president.

A massive voter turnout will save the country from tyranny: Karrubi

Former Majlis speaker Mahdi Karrubi said in Bandar Anzali on Tuesday that elections make rulers aware that they are elected by the people and that their performance is frequently examined by them.

The presidential hopeful added that a massive voter turnout would save the country from dictatorship and tyranny.

Calling the Islamic Republic of Iran the great legacy of the late Imam Khomeini and the revolution’s martyrs, Karrubi said that people should participate in the presidential election in order to preserve this valuable legacy.

Karrubi also expressed his respect for the other presidential candidates and called on them and their supporters to avoid character assassination in their campaigns.

Mehralizadeh promises to liven up society

Dark horse presidential candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh said in Lavasan, Tehran Province on Wednesday that one fifth of Iranian families are living in absolute poverty and the standard of living of many of the rest is also unacceptable.

The pragmatic reformist added that he is running for president to improve wellbeing in society and seeks to increase liveliness in the country through balanced development in the social, political, cultural, and economic spheres.

He referred to employment, housing, and marriage problems as the main concerns of the youth and said that his ‘Welfare Administration’ -- which would use developed countries as a model -– would focus on these problems and take appropriate measures to resolve them.

Economic development means fair distribution of wealth and facilities: Ahmadinejad

With the current management methods, Iran will never achieve the goals of the 20-year Outlook Plan, presidential candidate Mahmud Ahmadinejad said in Urmia, Western Azerbaijan Province on Wednesday.

The Tehran mayor referred to the means and consequences of economic and political development in the West and said that in an Islamic society, economic development is defined as the fair distribution of all wealth and facilities among the nation, so political development means empathy as well as increasing political understanding, solidarity, and national unity.

Unfortunately, a manager class has emerged in the country, and the priorities of these managers is different from the priorities of the people, so it is quite natural that these managers can not really empathize with the people or understand their poverty and problems, he observed.

If a correct attitude toward the people, management, and justice is adopted, then a manager in the Islamic government would prefer to perform the most humble tasks to serve the people over all the wealth in the world, he said in conclusion.

Rezaii says he would refine the government

Presidential hopeful Mohsen Rezaii told students at Tehran’s Imam Sadeq (AS) University on Wednesday that he would first refine the government in order to adjust the economic relationship between the people and the government.

He said that the main things the next administration must do are change the government administration into a social administration, change short-term programs into long-term programs, and create a multi-dimensional government.

He also noted that so far four groups -- the youth, women, certain ethnic groups, and the crème de la crème of the intellectual community -– have been neglected in running the country, and added that through making use of the talents of these four groups, the country could be run more efficiently."