Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Tehran Times Political Desk - Mohsen Rezaii Drops Out

Description of Selected News: "Rezaii drops out of race

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- In a surprise move, Mohsen Rezaii made a statement on Wednesday announcing that he had dropped out of the presidential election.

Qalibaf vows to create opportunities for the youth

Presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said on Wednesday in Neyshabur, Khorasan Razavi Province that he would not allow a specific group in society to benefit from various opportunities but would provide the entire nation, particularly the youth, with enough chances for success.

Problems such as unemployment, inflation, and poverty show that national development plans have not been successful, Qalibaf added.

In Islamshahr, Tehran Province on Tuesday, he noted that wealth is not distributed fairly in Iran, saying that people should become more involved in various economic activities that lead to the production of wealth and power. “Economic development can only be achieved through healthy competition and without monopolization.”

He went on to say that attending to villagers’ affairs would be one of the priorities of his government. Qalibaf called for a massive turnout in the upcoming election, adding, “People will embark on a new move on June 17 that will end all the wrong moves of the past.”

I will keep my promise: Karrubi

Presidential hopeful Mahdi Karrubi said on Wednesday that his plan to give 500,000 rials per month to every Iranian over 18 years old is practicable.

“I am aware of the resources of this budget, one of which is the rising price of oil as well as the government’s income, which has also increased,” he told students in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.

Karrubi noted that his plan would not lead to the elimination of subsidies as some people have claimed, adding that he would keep his promise if elected president.

“I have discussed this plan with economic experts, and all have admitted that it is practicable,” he said.

I will remain in election until the end: Ahmadinejad

Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad said in Sari, Mazandaran Province on Tuesday that he would remain in the election until the end.

Ahmadinejad explained that his strategy is inviting the world to Islam in a logical way.

An Islamic government is an honest and pure government which belongs to and serves the entire nation, he stated.

Later on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad told a gathering of people in Qaemshahr, Mazandaran Province that Iran should make use of the experiences of other nations for development, but added, “However, imitation is not permissible. “We should first increase domestic production by supporting our industries and then enter the global market powerfully.”

In Babul on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad said that the slogan of an Islamic government is justice and its main elements are the people. “An Islamic government will replace the idea of an imported management with the idea of a religious management.

U.S. must unfreeze Iranian assets: Rafsanjani

Presidential hopeful Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here on Tuesday that the United States has been hostile toward Iran for over 30 years. In an interview with CNN, Rafsanjani said the United States has taken "steps in the right direction" but must do more to prove to Iranians that it has relinquished "a hostile attitude."

"For example, they should unfreeze our assets in the United States," he said. "Those assets belong to us. If they do that, it is a good sign that the United States has relinquished hostility toward Iran.

"I am going for a policy of relaxation of tension, and this is a policy that I will apply to the United States as well," he said.

"And if Americans are sincere in the cooperation, working with Iran, I think the time is right to open a new chapter in our relations with the United States. "But if the United States wants to continue its obstructions and hostility, then the previous conditions will persist."

We must not doubt that we will win: Moin

Presidential hopeful Mostafa Moin said on Tuesday that upholding democracy is the only way to resolve Iran’s problems.

Speaking at a conference of the Front for Democracy and Human Rights held at Tehran University, Moin said that without freedom, intellectual and financial assets are useless.

He also stated that intellectuals and the youth would play an important role in his administration.

“Our people have become much more aware than in the past and will certainly take part in the June 17 election to defend democracy and human rights.

“I have come to follow the path of President Mohammad Khatami and to take another step toward materializing the ideals of the reformist front.

“We must not doubt that we are the winners in this election,” he declared.

Mehralizadeh pledges to support agricultural sector

Presidential hopeful Mohsen Mehralizadeh said on Wednesday that he would prioritize plans to support, equip, and renovate the agricultural sector in his “Welfare Government”.

In a meeting with agricultural specialists and workers, Mehralizadeh referred to the lack of mechanization as one of the main problems in the agricultural sector.

He stated that facilities should be distributed fairly in the country so that villagers can enjoy the same benefits as urban residents. “In this way, we will no longer face excessive migration from villages to cities.”"