Iran Hopes

A Weblog on Iranian Affairs (Formerly Iran Votes 2005)

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Iranian Newspapers Review - February 22 & 23, 2005

Kayhan reports that six new members have now joined the “Council for Coordinating Revolutionary Forces” (Shoraye Hamahangiye Niroo Haye Enghelab). According to Kayhan, the purpose for this new addition was to “better enhance consensus” among the members of the council. The new members are: Gholam Ali Haddad Adel (Majlis Speaker and the father of Ayatollah Khamnei’s daughter-in-law), Hossein Shariat Madari (representative of Ayatollah Khamnei in Kayhan Institute and Kayhan Daily’s supervisor in chief), Mehdi Chamran (war veteran, currently head of Tehran City Council), Mohammad Hasan Rahimian, Morteza Nabavi (Head of Ressalat daily, member of the Expediancy Council, appointed by Ayatollah Khamnei), and Mostafa Pour Mohammadi. Kayhan reports that the Council for Coordinating Revolutionary Forces has come up with “new strategies” for the upcoming elections, but does not reveal what they are. The new move comes after weeks of ongoing disagreement and conflict within the council which had led some potential contenders (most important of all Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati) to become less willing to follow the Council’s directions. Shargh has a summary of an interview with Dr. Mostafa Moein, potential contender backed by “Islamic Iran Participation Front” (Jebheye Mosharekat-e Iran-e Eslami). In a notable remark, Moein says that if he had been in President Khatami’s position, “he would have not lost the opportunity to talk to Clinton at the UN” in 1998. In his view: “ a president who has the support of a nation must observe the basic principles of ‘sociability’ [sic](diplomacy?) when facing more important global figures, and must not avoid them”. It is interesting to note the terms used by Moein in referring to the act of his former boss (Moein served under Khatami as minister for science, research and technology from 1997 to 2003). Accusing the President of not being enough ‘sociable’ in his interactions with foreign figures and underestimating the Iranian president’s office as being less important than its pairs do not sound proper for someone who intends to run for presidential elections in June.

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