Saturday, April 16, 2005

I shoulder a heavy duty in elections: Rafsanjani

If the future president is elected by a low voter turnout, one could hardly call him the people’s representative,” Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Thursday, adding that such a president would not be popular enough to rule the country.

He stated that his participation in the presidential elections could decrease disputes in society and increase voter turnout, adding that he felt a heavy responsibility to run for president.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that people’s problems could be solved through development, increasing production and domestic and foreign investment, and creating job opportunities.
It is important to remember that Rafsanjani is so unpopular in Iran, due to his role in the political corruption inside of Iran, that he could not even be elected to parliament.