Sunday, February 13, 2005

‘Ninth Coalition for Better Future’ Opens Rafsanjani Campign Offices Around Iran

Description of Selected News: "Rafsanjani to declare candidacy for elections in April: Nobakht

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- A political activist said here on Sunday that Expediency Council Chairman and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani would officially declare his bid to run in the May presidential elections in April.

Talking to IRNA here Sunday, the spokesman of the ‘Ninth Coalition for Better Future’ Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht said that Rafsanjani has always been politically humble, saying he would wait for others to enter the scene.

Nobakht said his party supports the candidacy of Rafsanjani for the presidency, saying it is a national duty to prepare conditions for his presence in the process. He said he was confident Rafsanjani would accept calls to run in the elections.

He said his party had opened branches in the provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran, Qazvin, Hamedan, Kermanshah, West Azarbaijan and Fars."