Friday, March 28, 2008

Larijani or Haddad Adel?

New Groupings in the Eighth Majlis

‎With the completion of the elections for the eight Majlis (Iranian Parliament), and with ‎the results of many precincts yet to be determined in run-off races, the groups affiliated ‎with the Principalist camp, who have achieved a numerical majority in the Majlis, are ‎reportedly divided over various issues. ‎
The Broad Principalist Coalition, in Persian known as the Etelaafe Faragire Osoolgarayan ‎‎(composed of candidates critical of the administration), has already begun opposing the ‎United Principalist Front, known as the Jebhe Motahed Osoolgaran (composed of ‎candidates supporting the administration). The former group has begun speaking of a ‎different choice to head the Majlis, one other than Haddad Adel (United Principalist ‎Front’s leading candidate). ‎
Amir Ali Amiri, the campaign manager of the Broad Principalist Coalition noted in his ‎first press conference following the eight Majlis elections that 45 percent of the ‎Coalition’s candidates had been elected to the Majlis, warning the administration, “The ‎eight Majlis is going to be one in which those critical of the administration will have a ‎majority. However, these critical principalists are united and if the administration ‎continues to implement policies opposed to by principalists, the majority in the eights ‎Majlis will be opposed to it.” ‎
Amiri's remarks are a response to the remarks of Ali Asghar Zarei, the spokesperson for ‎the rival United Principalist Front. Earlier, Zarei had told ISNA student news agency, ‎‎"The results that have been finalized are in fact considered a victory," adding, "We hope ‎that the eight Majlis will be supportive and cooperative with the administration." ‎
The Broad Principalist Coalition's campaign manager also commented on the position of ‎the speaker of the Majlis: "Our candidate to preside over the Majlis is Ali Larijani, and ‎just as we were opposed to the presence of Mohammad Reza Bahonar [a staunch ‎supporter of administration] as deputy speaker in seventh Majlis, we will be opposed to ‎his service as such in the eight Majlis as well." ‎
Amiri commented on the empowerment of the faction critical of the administration: "The ‎Broad Coalition has sent 45 percent of its candidates across the country to the Majlis. ‎We have announced in our coalition that we support Rezaei, Ghalibad, and Larijani, and ‎the candidates that were listed on our slates were people who, while being principlists, ‎were critical of the administration." ‎
The spokesperson for the Broad Coalition concluded that "The results of this election do ‎not constitute a victory for the administration" and added, "Not even all of the candidates ‎listed on the United Front's slate are completely supportive of the administration, and we ‎were frankly amazed by the presence of some of them on the United Front's slate." ‎
Amiri also referred to election violations by supporters of the administration: "We ask the ‎Guardian Council to confront possible violations. A sad development that took place ‎during these elections was violations committed by the United Front, including illegal ‎campaigning by some of their candidates on election day, which was against the law." ‎

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