Thursday, February 24, 2005

Iran Daily: Amir Mohebbian, "Fundamentalists Have Consensus "

Iran Daily: "Fundamentalists Have Consensus

TEHRAN, Feb. 23--A top conservative council has reached consensus over a single candidate for the next presidential election slated for June 17, a senior editor of the Persian daily Resalat said.
Amir Mohebbian also told IRNA on Wednesday that the Coordinating Council for Islamic Revolutionary Forces is duty-bound to bring revolutionary forces with diverse backgrounds closer.
“Some people believe that to elect a person as representative of the fundamentalist current, the number of decision-makers on the council should increase. This is while I believe that even if the number of councilors increases, the council’s decision will remain unchanged,“ he said.
Commenting on the likelihood of increasing the number of the council’s candidates from 5 to 11, he rejected the idea. He, however, noted that if chairman of the State Expediency Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, runs for the next presidential race he will be welcomed.
Commenting on Rafsanjani’s recent statements that new candidates will enter the electoral race, Mohebbian said when Rafsanjani says something he is certain about it.
Asked whether secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Hassan Rohani, will participate in the next presidential race, Mohebbian opined that he is contemplating over the issue.
Referring to the defeat of conservatives in the Sixth Majlis elections, he opined that the people did not vote for radical conservatives."