Iran's Top Reformist Party not to Put up Candidate for Speaker

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The reformist political party that holds half the seats in Iran's new parliament announced Monday it would not put up its own candidate for the powerful post of speaker. 

The Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) party believes the umbrella group of all pro-Khatami parties, of which it is a member, should agree on a single name, said IIPF leader Mohammad-Reza Khatami, the official IRNA news agency reported. 

"We have proposed a number of steps to our friends... over the choice of the speaker of parliament," said Khatami, the brother of reformist President Mohammad Khatami. "The first was to take account of public opinion." 

He did not suggest a name. 

Most leading figures in the IIPF and the press have rallied behind Mehdi Karubi, a former radical speaker now allied with the president, for Tuesday's election. 

Mohammad-Reza said some people in the umbrella group "had already voiced support for certain people for this post and they weren't going to change their position." 

"It reached the point where we realized that if we decided to not to budge, the anti-reform camp would benefit," he said. 

Reformers hold 80 percent of the seats in the new parliament, which was inaugurated Saturday -- TEHRAN (AFP) 

 

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