Tuesday, November 09, 2004

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Description of Selected News: "MP calls for pragmatic president

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Bestowing the steering wheel of the presidency to a cultural figure is acceptable once, said MP Musa Ghorbani of the Majlis Presiding Board on Monday.

Ghorbani told the Mehr News Agency that the dailies and news agencies have fabricated reports claiming that Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel would become a candidate in the presidential election, adding that Haddad Adel currently has an appropriate position and does not need to run for president. He said, “We gave the presidency to a cultural figure for a period and that was enough.”

On the recent rise in support for an Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani candidacy among former reformist groups, he said that everybody is seeking his own interests, adding that since Rafsanjani holds non-factional views, some people think that his participation in the election would allow some officials to remain in governmental departments and organizations.

Ghorbani added that, Rafsanjani adopted a non-factional attitude during his presidency, therefore some of his governors appeared in the Khatami cabinet.

He underlined that Rafsanjani has a glowing political record, adding that he acted as a father figure to the different parties and factions in the government, so it is quite obvious that Rafsanjani would hire people from all factions."

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