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What Iranian newspapers are saying about the election

10 May 2005

E'temad [moderate]: "A minority of 15 per cent of the people could reach a majority of 85 per cent in the Majlis and if the people do not take part in the presidential election, it is possible that this happen again. If in the presidential election 60 to 70 per cent of the people do not cast their votes, how can Iran deal with its external threats?"

Aftab-e-Yazd [reformist]: "Considering the current sensitive situation of Iran and foreign threats, many experts believe that a high turnout by the people is an absolute necessity [To reach that] everyone should be able to run in the election and the people should make sure that the next president is the second position of the country and if he has different plans and ideas from those of the seventh Majlis, he should be able to pursue his plans, not to be challenged by the Majlis."

Keyhan [hard-line pro-Khamene'i]: "Iranians have experienced the previous reformist [Khatami] and construction [Rafsanjani] governments and certainly they are looking for some new figures. If we are looking for a high turnout by the people, the new young figures should run in the election. The candidacy of certain figures, who have shown whatever management power that they had and now do not have any new plans or policy and perhaps they are tired and not patient enough, cannot motivate people to take part in the election."

Siyasat-e-Ruz [conservative]: "Adopting a specific literature, certain figures are trying to show that the country is in a critical situation, it is on the verge of a cliff and the political disputes have reached a sensitive point in order to prove that they are the only ones who can rescue the country. It is the culmination of being dishonest to the people and proves that it is an opportunistic attempt to cheat them."

From: Iranian Liberation

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