Source: Amirahmadi 1392
Academic rival set to replace Ahmadinejad in hotly-contested June elections
A committee formed by prominent Iranian businessmen has nominated Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi to contest next summer’s presidential elections in Iran.
The move comes as Iran plunges deeper into economic despair, the prospect of war with the United States and international isolation fuelled by crippling sanctions designed to thwart the country’s alleged nuclear programme. Yesterday, President Obama’s former advisor anticipated US military action in 2013 if diplomacy and economic sanctions failed to halt Iran's uranium enrichment programme.
A highly-regarded academic, Amirahmadi holds a Ph.D. in economic planning and international development from Cornell University and is a professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He served for many years as director of the University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
He is also a senior associate at Oxford University in the U.K. and helped found the Centre for Iranian Research and Analysis and the American-Iranian Council, an organisation devoted to improving the relationship between the United States and Iran and promoting civil society institutions in Iran.
The elections, expected to be the most fiercely fought since the birth of the Islamic Republic in 1979, have already seen almost 11 candidates nominated.
At a private function, the Committee to Elect Amirahmadi for President of Iran in June 2013 formally nominated their candidate.
“In our view, Dr Amirahmadi is the most qualified candidate to be the president of Iran” said Freydoon Khoie, a prominent businessman and Chairman of the Election Committee that promises an open, transparent and professional legal campaign.
Highlighting Amirahmadi’s international credentials, Khoie notes that the candidate has been a consultant for many worldwide organisations and governments, including the World Bank, the United Nations and the Governments of Mexico, Turkey, Iran, Haiti, and the United Arab Emirates.
Abbas Bolurfrushan, Vice Chairman of the Committee and another prominent and highly respected businessman, added that the aim of the international legal campaign is to generate support for Dr Amirahmadi among the Iranian community globally and within Iran itself. “As we get closer to the registration date with the Ministry of Interior [in Tehran] and file our application with the secretariat of the Guardian Council who is in charge of vetting candidates, the intensity of the campaign will build.”
Amirahmadi is running on a conciliatory platform promoting peace and reconciliation between all opposing political factions of Iranians and ending hostilities with the United States, Great Britain and others, while forging closer relations with all other nations. The principles of the free market economy, peace with the world and Iran as an ‘eternal nation’ underpin his 74- page campaign platform. Published last month, Amirahmadi’s manifesto is available online at www.amirahmadi.com.
In addition to his academic posts, Amirahmadi is the author of several highly-acclaimed works that address the plight of Iran and the wider region, including The Political Economy of Iran under the Qajars, Revolution and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience and nine other volumes such as The Caspian Region: A New Frontier of Energy and Development, Small Islands and Big Politics: The Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf, The United States and the Middle East: A Search for New Perspectives, Iran and the Arab World, US-Iran Relations: Areas of Tension and Mutual Interest, and Urban Development In the Modern World.
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