Monday, June 13, 2005

Tehran Times Political Desk Presidential Campaign report

Description of Selected News: "Public opinion is the main power in every country: Moin

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- People can decide either to vote or not, but if they use their right to vote and elect their preferred candidate, their elected president should defend their rights, reformist presidential candidate Mostafa Moin said in Golpayegan, Isfahan Province on Sunday.

He went on to say that those who vote also should support their elected president because public opinion is the main power in every country.

He underlined the fact that the legitimacy of every government is obtained by the popular vote, noting that without the people’s vote the Islamic Republic would lose its legitimacy.

He also said that a Democracy and Human Rights Front as vast as all of Iran would be established, which would not be vulnerable and which would defend the people’s rights.

Next president must bridge the generation gap: Mehralizadeh

Iran is currently in need of happiness more than at any other time because the country is 65 percent young people, presidential candidate Mohsen Mehralizadeh told a gathering of students here on Monday.

People are not interested in political slogans and disputes and will only consider the records of candidates before casting their ballots, he added.

He went on to say that the efficient performance of managers has a positive impact on society, adding that Iran needs a president who can bridge the generation gap.

Mehralizadeh promised to establish a “Welfare Administration” that would be efficient, sovereign, and peace-seeking, and stated that his administration would focus on cultural, social, political, and economic development issues.

He also said that he would choose his cabinet ministers on the basis of their profession, age, and talent in order to establish a meritocracy. - Next president should be supported for national development: Ahmadinejad

Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad said at a press conference here on Monday that it is impossible to predict the result of the upcoming presidential election, but he believes that it is unlikely that there will be a runoff.

The conservative presidential candidate stated that the Iranian nation is a great nation with deep cultural and civilizational roots in history which is currently experiencing independence and freedom.

He also said that the Iranian nation has now decided to become a modern, sovereign, Islamic nation and is eager to play an honorable role in the world in the cultural, political, and economic spheres.

Ahmadinejad added that whoever the next president of the Iranian nation is, he must be supported by government officials in the promotion of national development.

He said that developing the administrative system, creating job opportunities, facilitating marriage and housing, and eliminating corruption and discrimination are some of his main priorities.

Answering a question on Iran’s relations with the United States, Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic Republic intends to develop friendly bilateral relations with all countries in the world, but after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the United States cut all ties with Iran and imposed economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic to pressurize the government and people.

In conclusion, the Tehran mayor emphasized that Iran’s foreign policy is based on developing and deepening friendly relations with the world, and said that Iran will give priority to relations with Muslim countries and those countries that have a friendly, respectful attitude toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Conservative candidates must reach consensus: Larijani

A new round of negotiations between conservative presidential candidates is underway which may prepare the way for a consensus, presidential hopeful Ali Larijani told the Mehr News Agency here on Sunday.

Later on Sunday, Larijani told a gathering of academicians that it would be to the benefit of both the conservatives and Iran if the conservative presidential candidates reached a consensus, and said he expects the conservative candidates to achieve a stronger, deeper political maturity.

Elaborating on the conservatives’ negotiations, he stated that he agrees with any suggestion which would lead to a consensus among the conservatives, but no result has been achieved so far.

He also noted that the path is clear for the development of science and technology in the country, adding that boosting Iran’s scientific and economic capacities is the best way to reduce all foreign threats and prepare the way for the realization of the final objectives of the 20-year Outlook Plan.

National atmosphere charged by election: Karrubi

Presidential hopeful Mahdi Karrubi told reporters here on Monday that the national atmosphere is charged by the imminent presidential election and the choice has become very complicated and critical for the people.

He said he believes that it is likely that there will be a runoff presidential election this year for the first time ever in Iran.

Karrubi condemned the recent explosions in different parts of Iran and stated that such terrorist acts were expected during the election campaign, but added that they will have no influence on the people’s vote or the turnout.

He also said he would fulfill his promises if elected president. ------------------People want next government to establish a meritocracy: Qalibaf

“People expect the government to talk less, implement the Constitution, respect the people’s rights, and establish a meritocracy in the country,” presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said in Gondbad City, Golestan Province on Monday.

According to the Constitution, the government must work for all ethnic groups, but, unfortunately, it has failed to do so, Qalibaf lamented.

He stated that the current situation in the country is the result of the actions of the previous administrations.

During the wartime, no one expected the government to do anything except direct the war and provide for the people, but nowadays people expect their government to pave the way for all-out development in all fields, he added.

Qalibaf went on to say that a great number of measures were taken under different names and approaches during the reconstruction and reform periods, but the problems still remain unsolved and must not be neglected any longer.

He also said that the country has unemployment and inflation problems, adding that government officials should accept that people have always faced a dilemma regarding economic versus political development and so should do their best to meet the people’s expectations."