Sunday, December 19, 2004

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: Rafsanjani has firmly said 'I am not in'

Iran Presidential Campaign 2005: SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: Bahonar says former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani "OUT": "deputy speaker of parliament Mohammad Reza Bahonar was quoted by the press Saturday as saying that former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had demanded to be counted out.

"Whenever I and my friends have asked him about his decision he has firmly said 'I am not in' and instead announced his favorable candidate," the daily Mardomsalari quoted Bahonar as saying.

Rafsanjani, now the head of the arbitrative Expediency Council, had been cited as one of likely candidates in the race, but he has yet to declare his intentions."