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To: DoctorZIn
Khatami Calls for Free Elections

January 25, 2004
BBC News
Sadeq Saba

Iran's President, Mohammad Khatami, has hardened his position on the country's election row by demanding a fair and free poll. He urged the unelected Guardian Council which has disqualified more than 3,000 candidates from next month's elections, to make a full review of its decision.

He has tried to find a solution by holding talks behind closed doors.

Mr Khatami's comments indicate his patience is wearing thin with the country's hardline conservatives.

In a joint statement with the parliamentary speaker, Mehdi Karrubi, Mr Khatami accused the leader of the Guardian Council, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, of misrepresenting their views at a meeting with him last Saturday.

The president met members of the Guardian Council - which vets all candidates in elections - in an attempt to persuade them to reverse their controversial decision to disqualify thousands of reformist candidates from the parliamentary poll.

Mr Khatami's statement indicates that his mission has brought no significant result.

He has warned the conservatives that as a result of the disqualification more than two-thirds of constituencies would have no competing candidates in the elections.

He said if the elections were held in this situation, it would be against democracy and against the dignity of the Iranian people.

Mr Khatami did not make it clear what his reaction would be if the situation was not reversed. But it appears that his options are limited and his moderate policies are having little effect.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3427077.stm
16 posted on 01/25/2004 9:54:49 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Khatami will resign for the 10 thousandth time.

They better be careful..

;)
19 posted on 01/25/2004 10:52:42 AM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn
Phillips' Ethnic 'Smear' Backfires


Press and public believe he crossed the line

PORTLAND, OR - High tech small business owner and Republican candidate for Congress (OR-01) Goli Ameri today again expressed deep disappointment toward Tim Phillips and his campaign of negative, untruthful, ethnically-oriented attacks against her.

Ameri wasn't the only one to express disappointment toward Phillips and his untruthful attacks. The Portland Tribune called Phillips' attacks a "smear." Meanwhile, the prestigious Capitol Hill publication Congressional Quarterly raises the specter that "bringing up Ameri's ethnic background could backfire" on Phillips.

Edwin Dover, a political science professor at Western Oregon University, is quoted as saying. "'This is the sort of thing where I think has the potential' to backfire."

Meanwhile, Phillips has been scolded by at least one high-level Republican leader. First Congressional District Republican Chairman Jeff Smith is demanding that Phillips cease and desist from negative campaigning.

And U.S. Marine Col. Michael Howard, who served in the Gulf War and more recently in Iraq said, "I'm sad that the Tim Phillips campaign has decided to distort Goli's record. I know Goli Ameri. She is a staunch defender of the Bush administration's war against terror. Tim Phillips doesn't know what he's talking about."

http://www.ameriforcongress.com/.docs/rid/64/pg/10014
21 posted on 01/25/2004 11:17:04 AM PST by freedom44
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