Cleric urges candidates to name key members of their cabinet

TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) – A senior member of the principlist Society of Combatant Clergy, Hojjatoleslam Salek, has asked the four presidential candidates to name key members of their likely cabinets while announcing their plans on TV.

He also wants presidential hopefuls to clarify their views about the most important issues such nuclear program as well as cultural, economic and political priorities.


On a likely reshuffle of Ahmadinejad’s cabinet as demanded by certain influential figures within the principlist camp if he is reelected president, Salek told the Mehr News Agency, “In my view there will be a possibility of change in Ahmadinejad’s cabinet.”


Principlist MPs will go alone in supporting Ahmadinejad


MP Hossein Sobhaninia has said if the Majlis principlist faction fails in its Sunday meeting to agree on an official support of Ahmadinejad then the lawmakers will go alone in backing the incumbent president.


Sobhaninia also argued that the Majlis majority faction has not been silent on supporting the president, saying, “Key figures of the pricniplist faction have openly backed Ahmadinejad.” He said the only contention is that the faction release a statement and officially announce support for Ahmadinejad.


Ali Larijani, the Majlis speaker who is also the leader of the principlist faction in the parliament, has resisted demands that the faction officially back a particular presidential aspirant. However, Sobhaninia claimed that Larijani has not openly opposed the move.


He added Larijani must represent the views of the faction and if most the faction members declare their election views and agree on a candidate Larijani is “obliged” to declare it.


It is not advisable that Mousavi name cabinet: wife


Zahran Rahnavard has said it is not advisable that Mousavi name his cabinet members because she says in such an “unethical” atmosphere the designated persons’ reputation will be tarnished.


“Currently, the condition is not ripe for naming Mousavi’s cabinet,” Rahnavard, the wife of Mousavi, told reporters.


Rahnavard, an academic and a former chancellor of the female-only Al-Zahra University, said Mousavi may appoint persons from the conservative camp in his cabinet if he wins the election. “Mousavi has an open mind.”


Asked on certain preconditions set by Mousavi such as taking control of the IRIBI (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) and the Law Enforcement Forces in the previous presidential election, she said, “At the present time the country is in a situation that there is no need to restate those conditions and Mousavi felt that he should enter election scene.” 







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