Eliminating poverty is as important as Khorramshar liberation

TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) Presidential contender Rezaii stated on Sunday that fighting poverty and reducing unemployment “is not less important than the liberation of Khorramshar”, a reference to the southern part city which was occupied by Saddam Hussein’s invading forces in 1980 and was liberated by Iran on May 24, 1982.

Talking in a gathering of religious figures in Bandar-Abbas, the former IRGC commander Rezaii noted that some principlist groups believe that Ahmadinejed cannot fulfill all the faction’s expectations and that is why he decided to run for president. 


Office for Consolidating Unity backs Karroubi


The students’ Office for Consolidating Unity announced support for Karroubi in the presidential election, Etemad Melli newspaper reported on Sunday.


In an interview with the newspaper, OCU secretary general Ahmad Zeydabadi stated that Karroubi’s political plans and methods to make a change in the current situation prompted the office to announce support for him.


Ahmadinejad’s next cabinet will be more competent


The Islamic Society of Employees (ISE) Secretary General Kamal Sajjadi stated on Sunday that Ahmadinejad will definitely form a more competent cabinet if he is reelected. 


Talking to the Mehr News Agency, he also said opinion polls indicate that 58 percent of the likely voters will vote for the incumbent president and the second most popular candidate enjoys only 22 percent support.


He went on to say that the next president’s priorities must be resolving economic, cultural, and social problems.


Ahmadinejad will win the race


Principlist MP Mohsen Kouhkan said on Sunday that the election will not go to a second round because opinion polls suggest that over 50 percent of the voters support Ahmadinejad. Talking to the MNA, he also noted that naming cabinet members is not necessary because such an approach is peculiar to party systems.


Reformists will win the second round


A senior member of the Solidarity Party, Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani, stated on Sunday that reformists will win the second round of election. He said reformists will win the race in the first round if they contest the election with a single candidate. He said currently Mahdi Karroubi enjoys more support than Mir-Hossein Mousavi.


Talking to the MNA, he noted that fighting crimes and poverty, promoting education, and creating jobs should be the priorities of the next president.


 Cleric MPs to decide on candidates    


MP Mohammad-Taghi Rahbar stated that the Majlis clerical association will meet on Tuesday to discuss presidential issues and decide on a favored candidate. Talking to the MNA, he noted that the association had earlier decided to support Ahmadinejad, but the upcoming meeting will be held to decide whether it announces its decision officially or not.


Ahmadinejad should name cabinet members


MP Mohammad-Reza Bahonar stated on Sunday that the incumbent President Ahmadinejad should name some of his cabinet members including first vice president and central bank governor.


Principlists must delay criticism of government


Lotfollah Forouzandeh said principlists should postpone their criticism of the government until after the elections. Currently, principlists should focus on the positive points of the government, he told the MNA.


The deputy chairman of the Islamic Revolution Devotees Society said that people are inclined toward those candidates who follow Imam Khomeini’s line and make efforts to realize the ideals of the Islamic revolution.









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