Tuesday, December 14, 2004

SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: IRNA- Rafsanjani terms US', big powers' accusations as baseless

SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: IRNA- Rafsanjani terms US', big powers' accusations as baseless: "IRNA- Rafsanjani terms US', big powers' accusations as baseless
IRNA-Islamic Republic News Agency: "Iran-US-Rafsanjani / POL /
Iran-US-Rafsanjani / POL /
Rafsanjani terms US', big powers' accusations as baseless
Tehran, June 30, IRNA -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Wednesday said the accusations made by the United States and big powers against Iran's peaceful nuclear activities has no basis in fact.
Addressing an ongoing seminar to assess the destructive consequences of the use of chemicals and other weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), Rafsanjani said the issues raised by the big powers against Iran's nuclear programs are stifling the country's efforts to acquire needed scientific and technical knowhow.
"Iran is itself a victim of chemical weapons. Those who accuse us of trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction are themselves guilty of the offense and are just looking for a scapegoat.""

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: No age limit for presidential candidates

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: No age limit for presidential candidates: "No age limit for presidential candidates


TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's conservatives have scrapped plans to introduce an age limit of 70 years for presidential candidates, a move that would have blocked a possible comeback by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the student news agency ISNA said Tuesday.

"To avoid any partisan exploitation and prejudice against potential candidates, we have decided to suppress the age condition for candidates to the presidential election," it quoted MP Reza Talai-Nik as saying.

According to the MP, a draft law had envisaged limiting candidates to those aged between 35 and 75, which he said would have "aimed at no potential candidate".

Iranian newspapers had said the draft, prepared by MPs belonging to two conservative groups, proposed a ceiling of 70 years, which would have eliminated Rafsanjani who celebrates his 71st birthday next year when the election is to be held. Last October, Talai-Nik was quoted as saying: "The current law only states that Iranians over the age of 30 can be a candidate, but does not provide an upper age limit. We would like to correct that."

Rafsanjani, seen as a pragmatic conservative, has been openly mulling standing in next June's polls.

He served two terms as president from 1989 to 1997, and is allowed to stand for a third because the law only bars presidents from serving more than two consecutive terms.

The charismatic cleric at present heads Iran's top political arbitration body, the Expediency Council.

"I would rather someone else enter the presidential race, but if society as well as prominent pundits conclude that I can fulfill this task better, I will announce my readiness," Rafsanjani said last month.""

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: Rafsanjani almost certain for candidacy: Informed source

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: Rafsanjani almost certain for candidacy: Informed source: "Rafsanjani almost certain for candidacy: Informed source
Rafsanjani almost certain for candidacy: Informed source: "Rafsanjani almost certain for candidacy: Informed source
TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (MNA) – An informed source close to Conservatives said here on Sunday that Hashemi Rafsanjani is 70% certain to run for president at the upcoming presidential elections.
The source, talking on the condition of anonymity, said that Hashemi’s main concern is his poll not the Right or Left parties.

He stated that Mahdi Karrubi, the former Majlis speaker, and Ali Akbar Velayati, the former foreign minister were definitely the strong rivals of Rafsanjani, adding that Rafsanjani has almost made up his mind to run for presidency in the ninth round of presidential election.

According to the source, a secret agreement would be achieved on Hashemi Rafsanjani’s candidacy, because from among other conservative candidates, the Reformists favor Rafsanjani, and also in comparison with other reformist candidates, the Conservatives would prefer Hashemi."
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Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: RFE: Analysis: Iran's Reformers Lack Viable Candidate

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: RFE: Analysis: Iran's Reformers Lack Viable Candidate: "Indeed, some reformist leaders reportedly are backing the candidacy of Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who is usually seen as a favorite of the center-right or the "pragmatic conservatives." A 4 December editorial in "Farhang-i Ashti" said that reformists such Mashallah Shamsolvaezin and Sadeq Zibakalam openly support Hashemi-Rafsanjani, and the Mujahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization and the Islamic Iran Participation Party support him implicitly. The editorial ascribed the support for the ex-president to age-cohort divisions within the reformist front, and added that the younger reformists favor Hashemi-Rafsanjani. The "middle-aged reformists" oppose a Hashemi-Rafsanjani candidacy. "