Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Rafsanjani is considering standing for the presidency

SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Iranian political heavyweight and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said he is considering standing for the presidency in polls next year, according to a newspaper.

Rafsanjani, a business-minded, mid-ranking cleric would be a strong candidate for president with the likely support of Iran's resurgent conservatives. He is also a top advisor to Iran's most powerful figure Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

'If there is no other suitable candidate, I will run in the next presidential elections for the sake of Islam and the revolution,' the Hambastegi daily on Saturday quoted the 70-year old as saying in a speech to students in the holy city of Qom."

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