Sunday, January 16, 2005

Specialists Association will only support Rafsanjani candidacy

SA will only support Rafsanjani candidacy: "SA will only support Rafsanjani candidacy
TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) -- Rahman Ranjbar, the chairman of the election committee of the Specialists Association (SA), said on Sunday that the SA will only support Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the upcoming presidential election.

The association is determined to support no other candidate besides Rafsanjani, he told the Mehr News Agency.

Asked what the SA would do if Rafsanjani decided to support the candidacy of former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Ranjbar said that the party had not made a decision on the matter.

The SA insists on Rafsanjani’s candidacy in the election and will continue its efforts to encourage him to run, he said.

Rafsanjani served as Iranian president from 1989 to 1997."

Mohsen Rahami secretary of the Islamic Association of University Lecturers - Rafsanjani is "BEST CHOICE"

Iran Mania News: "Rafsanjani's candidacy will divide conservatives

Sunday, January 16, 2005 - ©2004
LONDON, Jan 16 (IranMania) - A prominent reformist lawyer said on Saturday the Islamic Association of University Lecturers plans to hold a meeting in late January with the participation of university officials to back a candidate for the June presidential elections.

In an interview with ISNA, Mohsen Rahami, also secretary of the Islamic Association of University Lecturers, said the top choices are Mostafa Moin and Mehdi Karroubi.

"The group might decide to endorse either one or both," he said. "We might also choose a third person or decide to support a coalition of nominees".

Rahami added that just as reformists have yet to agree on a candidate, differences of view are running deeper and dissident voices are louder within the conservative camp.

He said news that Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will run in the election, given the fact that his revolutionary and management background make him the best choice, is one reason behind lack of consensus within the rightist and leftist factions.

"Most parties such as the Islamic Coalition Party, the Association of Combatant Clergy, the Islamic Labor Party, the Executive of Construction Party, etc, would not hesitate to support Rafsanjani as soon as the veteran politician officially announces his candidacy officially," he said.

Until that happens, the lawyer said, the struggle to agree on a candidate will continue for some time.

Rahami noted that members of reformist factions have not yet taken any serious action with regard to the election campaign against their rival party mainly because they have limited access to publicity means, especially the state TV which is controlled by the conservatives."