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Management, Iran's real challenge: believes Moin

Astara, Gilan Prov., April 26, IRNA-Mostafa Moin, a probable candidate for the 9th presidential elections Monday called "management" the major challenge to the country.

In a meeting with the citizens of Talesh a majority of whom Sunni, Moin said politics, culture and economy of Iran suffer from traditional and old-age structures which cannot address the needs of new generation.

"Our management is in the lowest level of productivity and the absence of productivity means the wasting of resources; So, we need development-oriented management in different sectors," Moin noted.

He said his approach towards country's affairs would be a scientific one with the cooperation of elites from different arenas of science.

Moin underlined attention to cultural and human-building sectors, adding the education department as a means of cultural development is in an "inappropriate situation".

Referring to the approach of a decisive and crucial period in the country's history, Moin said, "We have come to launch a collective move towards the promotion of ethics, social welfare, tolerance, democratic principles, effort-oriented reforms and respect and the prevention of authoritarianism, discrimination as well as acknowledging justice and Islamic ends." Moin added every candidate would participate in the arena of presidential election based on a sense of responsibility and with a faithful perspective.

Asked about Iran's foreign policy, the probable candidate of 9th residential candidate said that a country, hit by continuous crisis, can't carry out a suitable foreign policy.

"Unfortunately foreigners deny us our inalienable right to the nuclear energy. We should insure them by taking confidence-building measures that we pursue peaceful purposes in developing nuclear energy," he said, adding Iran should continue its negotiations with Europeans.

Rafsanjani says now up to take 'bitter medicine' of candidacy

Tehran, April 25, IRNA-Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Monday came within an inch of announcing his intention to make a comeback, describing presidential candidacy a bitter pill which he thinks he has to swallow.

"The issue of presidency is among my current preoccupations and although I would like someone else to take up this responsibility, I think I have to take this bitter medicine," his office quoted him as saying.

"I think I have to take this bitter medicine since what I didn't like to happen is apparently occurring," Rafsanjani told in response to a request made by a group of researchers and producers of the agriculture sector, calling on him to stand again.

Mehralizadeh candidacy finalized: spokeswoman

Ardebil, April 26, IRNA-The spokewoman for Mohsen Mehralizadeh, a probable presidential candidate, declared here Tuesday Mehralizadeh's final decision to nominate himself as a "presidential candidate." Fatemeh Khatami told reporters that Mehralizade had finalized his decision to be a presidentisl candidate for June 17 election, maintaining his promotional activities are ready to begin.

Asked about Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's candidacy for presidential election and its impact on Mehralizadeh's decision, the spokeswoman responded that Rafsanjani was a valuable figure of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and his presence as a candidate for 9th presidential election would likely add fire to the oven of election.

"He [Mehralizadeh] has not yet made a decision in this regard. The candidacy of both Mehralizadeh and Rafsanjani do not contradict," she added.

She further stated that an electoral environment had not yet been created in the country and most people were not motivated to gather information from candidates, adding the situation would be better approaching to the election date.

Mehralizadeh, now a presidential candidate, had not the time for interview by reporters in his trip to Ardebil to inagurate five sports projects in the province.

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