Combatant Cleric Society fails to agree on particular candidate

TEHRAN, May 1 (MNA) - In a recent meeting of the Combatant Cleric Society 10 out of 23 members avoided to vote to back any presidential candidate, cleric MP Gholam-Reza Mesbahi-Moqaddam told the Mehr News Agency.

He said 13 persons voted yes for releasing an official statement backing a candidate and 10 others abstained and therefore “until this moment we have not reached a decision to officially support a candidate.”


However, Mesbahi-Moqaddam, a member of the society’s central council, said the society may review its policy in the future by studying the country’s political environment.


MP: Ahmadinejad will “surely” be reelected president on June 12


MP Esmaeil Kosari of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has predicted that Ahmadinejad will “surely” be reelected as president on June 12 and that the election will not go to a runoff.


“There will be only one round of elections and Ahmadinejad will be its final victor,” he said in an interview with the MNA.


Kosari expressed reservation over the Rezaie candidacy, saying the contest of elections by different candidates will help create an enthusiastic election climate but “it would be better that if he (Rezaie) conducted more consultation with principlists before making a decision.”


He also said in recent meeting the different principlist groups have set aside their differences over “minor issues” on Ahmadinejad’s candidacy.


Ahmadinejad’s campaign offices open in 26 provinces


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s campaign chief announced on Thursday that so far loyalists have opened campaign offices in 26 provinces by their own to coordinate popular support for the incumbent president.


If Ahmadinejad wins the upcoming presidential election, he will attempt to fulfill his 2005 presidential campaign promises like eliminating injustice, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi told reporters in Khorasan province.


He said the campaign offices will brief people on the Ahmadinejad administration’s record and clear up any misunderstandings in order to increase voter turnout.


Mousavi: Administering justice must not lead to spread of poverty


Reformist presidential contender Mir-Hossein Mousavi said on Friday that the government should not spread poverty in the society under the pretext of administering justice. 


It is not possible to respect people’s dignity by running an economy based on “charity”, the former prime minister told a gathering of people in Varamin, southeast of Tehran.


He also said it is the government’s responsibility to take care of people’s worries about the future.  









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