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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Islamic Iran Participation Front leader blasts hardliners for their new wave of confronting free press.
Iran's embattled reformists, ousted in parliamentary elections this year, kicked off the annual meeting of their main party on Wednesday in an atmosphere more like a funeral than a political rally.
From 2000 to 2004, the IIPF was the dominant elected political force in the Islamic republic, thrust into office on the back of widespread calls for a shake-up in the way the 25-year-old clerical regime was run.
www.middle-east-online.com /english?id=10711=10711&format=0   (513 words)

  
 Print Article: Conservatives roll toward huge parliamentary majority
Iran's religious conservatives rolled toward a solid majority in parliament today, with reformists conceding defeat but still hoping for a weak turnout to discredit the result.
Today Iran's conservative press forecast a solid enough turnout to thwart the boycott drive and refute criticism from the United States and elsewhere that the polls were undemocratic.
The IIPF faces a dangerous political wilderness and possible retribution from the hardline judiciary, having used the Majlis as a public forum for often damning criticism of the regime and unprecedented questioning of the supreme leader.
www.smh.com.au /cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle.pl?path=/articles/2004/02/21/1077072899444.html   (626 words)

  
 Editorial February, 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Leaders of Iran's clerical ruling establishment believe former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's political comeback as a champion of "moderation" is essential to ward off future crises as the Islamic Republic presses ahead on what has become an irreversible course of political reform and expansion of civil society.
The Participation Front, an umbrella organization backing Khatami and headed by his brother Mohammad Reza, outlined a manifesto, which promised to undo years of domination of political, social, and economic life by special interests often tied to the conservative clerical elite.
The Front, Iran's leading reformist movement, said its program would recapture the democratic promise of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, building on the legacy of revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his vision of a true Islamic Republic.
www.caisuk.com /feb00/edlet0200.htm   (622 words)

  
 Islamic Iran Participation Front calls on government to protect fledgling democracy in Iran
Tehran, Nov 9, IRNA -- The Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) on Tuesday called on the government to adopt a transparent action plan for safeguarding the pillars of fledgling democracy.
The IIPF also deplored continued detention of journalists and press activists.
With approach of the presidential election slated for May 2005, the political activists have embarked on holding meetings to defend the achievements of the reform movement over the past eight years since 1997.
www.payvand.com /news/04/nov/1079.html   (312 words)

  
 Iranian hard-liners bar reformist candidates from elections - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Middle East - News
TEHRAN -- Iran's hard-line Guardian Council yesterday rejected all reformists who registered to run in presidential elections, and leaders of the reform movement threatened to boycott the vote.
Iran is also facing international pressure over its controversial nuclear program, trying to convince the United States and Europe that it is not seeking to develop weapons.
Former Culture Minister Mostafa Moin, the sole candidate of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, was among those disqualified.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2005/05/23/iranian_hard_liners_bar_reformist_candidates_from_elections   (509 words)

  
 Guardian | Why Iran's elections will exclude reformists
Iran's reformists abandoned on Saturday an attempt to postpone this month's parliamentary election, from which many of their candidates have been barred.
While a central premise of Iran's Islamic government from the time of its inception has been its steadfast opposition to the US and Israel, for most Iranians no such nemeses exist.
Iran's young populace - more than two-thirds of the country is younger than 30 - is among the most pro-US in the Middle East, and tend not to share the impassioned anti-Israel sentiment of their Arab neighbours.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4854293-111322,00.html   (613 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Iran's reformists say a compromise to resolve Iran's election crisis has failed, because the conservative Guardian Council has reinstated only 51 of the more than 2,000 candidates who were barred from running in this month's parliamentary election.
Iran's reformers were pressing the conservative Guardian Council, a powerful oversight body of 12 appointed Islamic clerics and lawyers, to reinstate more of the previously disqualified candidates by Thursday.
Iran's student news agency reported that a spokesman for the Guardian Council said the council has not yet completed its review of the remaining banned candidates.
quickstart.clari.net /voa/art/bw/9A87CFFA-EE12-401D-AB5517BFF1B7BEF3.html   (300 words)

  
 Iran Focus-News - Iran (General) - Election Choices Slashed in Iran
Iran's largest reformist party decried the disqualifications and threatened to boycott the June 17 election unless the decision was reversed by the Guardian Council, which answers directly to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran says its aims are to generate electricity, but the United States has accused Tehran of secretly working to build a nuclear bomb.
Internationally, Iran is under intense pressure to relinquish its nuclear program and is grappling with the presence of U.S. soldiers on its eastern and western borders, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
www.iranfocus.com /modules/news/article.php?storyid=2172   (998 words)

  
 The Hindu : Standoff in Iran turning bitter
Nearly 200 members of the radical Islamic Hezbollah movement stormed into the meeting conducted by members of the reformist camp, late Wednesday in the town of Hamedan in western Iran, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.
Iran's political crisis erupted when the 12-member Council of Guardians that screens all legislation and candidates disqualified 3,605 of the 8,157 people seeking to stand for Parliament, or Majlis.
IRNA quoted Gholam-Heydar Ebrahimbay Salami, a lawmaker who is participating in the sit-in as saying that the on-going protests should be interpreted as a "defence for democracy".
www.hindu.com /2004/01/24/stories/2004012400321500.htm   (529 words)

  
 JURIST - Khan: Political Disqualifications in Iran - What Can Be Done?
In the midst of intolerance, the conception of Islamic democracy itself is at stake.
Iran's Supreme Leader must discharge its constitutional obligation in changing the Council's orientation from a political guild to a juristic body.
As presently oriented, the Guardian Council identifies itself with the conservatives and refuses to acknowledge that Iran cannot develop as a progressive Islamic state unless political competition is free and elected officials are not arbitrarily disbarred from the parliament.
jurist.law.pitt.edu /forum/forumnew136.php   (945 words)

  
 World Tribune.com: Israel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The five women, who are standing on the list of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, stressed that they are placing political and legal equality with their male counterparts firmly on the Islamic republic's political agenda.
The Islamic Iran Participation Front [IIPP], is the leading pro-reform party in support of President Mohammad Khatami.
The brother of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the leader of the regime's revolutionary orthodoxy, is also an IIPP candidate.
www.worldtribune.com /worldtribune/Archive-2000/me-iran-02-14.html   (313 words)

  
 Iran (12/01)
Iran's regional goals are dominated by wanting to establish a leadership role, curtail the presence of the U.S. and other outside powers, and build trade ties.
Iran demanded the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Iranian territory and the return to the status quo ante for the Shatt al-Arab as established under the 1975 Algiers Agreement signed by Iraq and Iran.
Iran is trying to modernize its military and acquire weapons of mass destruction; it does not yet have, but continues to seek, nuclear capabilities.
www.state.gov /outofdate/bgn/i/21901.htm   (2985 words)

  
 Iran press: Parties urge resistance to 'authoritarian rule'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Islamic Iran Participation Front praises and thanks all citizens who went to the polls in an informed manner and from a sense of responsibility and a desire to make a difference, especially those who voted for the candidate of progressive reformers, Dr Mo´in.
The Islamic Iran Participation Front, admitting to the sensitivity and dangerous nature of the country´s present circumstances, believes that an active element in the coming days must be opposition to extremist authoritarianism, and will actively enter the second round of elections against the front that relies on the political and military party.
Last year, just before engaging in electoral activities, the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization issued a statement and declared the minimal aim of its participation in the ninth presidential elections to be to stop and defeat a project aimed at turning the president into a facilitator or secretary.
news.monstersandcritics.com /mediamonitor/article_1018132.php/Iran_press_Parties_urge_resistance_to_authoritarian_rule   (1486 words)

  
 Boston.com / News / World / Middle East / Iran gov't threatens to quit in vote feud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Iran's reformist government has threatened to resign, and other reformers accused hard-liners Tuesday of treason for disqualifying candidates in next month's parliamentary elections.
Iran's largest reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, meanwhile, said in a statement made available Tuesday to The Associated Press that disqualifying the reform candidates amounted to treason because it damages Iran's international credibility and will result in "sham elections."
The disqualified legislators include Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of the president and leader of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, and Behzad Nabavi -- both deputy speakers of parliament.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/01/13/iran_govt_threatens_to_quit_in_vote_feud?mode=PF   (595 words)

  
 Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs
The reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front, whose main candidate was vetoed, immediately threatened to boycott the election.
He is the leading candidate of the reformists, running for the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the largest pro-reform political party, led by Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of outgoing President Mohammad Khatami, who is barred from serving a third term.
Iran's top negotiator, Hassan Rowhani, and the EU-3 ministers are back at the negotiating table for emergency talks this Tuesday in Brussels and this Wednesday in Geneva.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/GE25Ak03.html   (1013 words)

  
 IRAN ELECTIONS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
TEXT: Leaders of the Islamic Iran Participation Front told reporters in Tehran (Tuesday) they were not surprised by their victory, nor by the desire for change that it shows.
Front leader Mohammadreza Khatami said they were surprised only by how overwhelming the support is. /// KHATAMI ACT ONE /// All of this election was (surprising) for all people.
According to the results, Participation Front candidates have taken all but three of the 30 seats in the city.
www.fas.org /news/iran/2000/000222-iran2.htm   (476 words)

  
 Iran-Elections, 2nd Writethru, Bgt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Former culture minister Mostafa Moin, who was the sole candidate of Iran's largest reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, was among those disqualified.
Moin was the only hopeful who supported continued suspension of all of Iran's uranium enrichment-related activities to avoid a nuclear crisis and reach a political compromise with the Europeans.
Iran has vowed to restart some uranium reprocessing activities soon, saying it will unilaterally resume such activities if last chance talks with Europeans fail later this week.
www.cbc.ca /cp/world/050522/w052260.html   (708 words)

  
 Washingtonpost.com: Iran Special Report   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The elections have generated enormous excitement in Iran, enticing thousands of candidates into the ring and raising hopes that Khatemi's vision of a more open, pluralistic society may be edging closer to reality.
With tens of millions of voters expected at the polls, and a spirited competition between competing slates of liberals and conservatives, reformers and traditionalists, the elections are "important because part of the power of the government is going to transfer to the people," Tahmohsebi said.
Nevertheless, the elections are a potential watershed in the two-year-old presidency of Khatemi, a cleric who is trying to moderate Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution with ideas of civil society and better relations with the West.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/inatl/longterm/iran/stories/iran022699.htm   (845 words)

  
 "Iran's 'Shadow Government' Uses Violence to Intimidate Moderates" (March 2000)
His activities as an executive member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), the main reform party headed by Khatami's brother Mohammad Reza, the role of his newspaper in airing anti-government dissent, and his political skill in brokering compromises among leaders of Iran's disparate reform movement made him many enemies within the conservative establishment.
The magnitude of the reformist triumph in Iran's parliamentary elections in February was striking, given the fact that many of the country's best-known reformers were not even permitted to run (the Council of Guardians, which screens candidates for public office, is controlled by Iran's clergy).
While the remaining 65 seats in Iran's 290-seat parliament's are to be decided in run-off elections in April, the reformists are assured of a majority.
www.meib.org /articles/0003_me2.htm   (770 words)

  
 Iran (08/05)
The Islamic Republican Party (IRP) was Iran's dominant political party until its dissolution in 1987; Iran now has a variety of parties and groups engaged in political activities, some oriented along ideological lines; others more akin to professional groupings engaging in political activities.
Iran's regional goals are dominated by wanting to establish a leadership role, curtail the presence of the United States and other outside powers, and build trade ties.
Iran has cultural ties to elements of both the Iraqi and Afghan populations and it remains to be seen whether they will be a constructive force in the reconstruction of those countries or not.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/5314.htm   (3796 words)

  
 IRVAJ English -
TEHRAN, Iran -- The leader of Iran's largest pro-reform party said Monday it will boycott Feb. 20 parliamentary elections, saying they would not be free and fair and raising the stakes in the country's growing political crisis.
Mohammad Reza Khatami, leader of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and brother of Iran's president, said the party would not field any candidates because thousands of liberal candidates have been disqualified from the polls by hard-line clerics of the Guardian Council.
Without the participation of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, enough hard-line candidates will run uncontested to retake control of parliament from the reformists.
www.iranvajahan.net /cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2004&m=02&d=02&a=7   (574 words)

  
 Iran Daily   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Speaking to ILNA, Mostafa Tajzadeh, a member of Islamic Iran Participation Front, added that at present many people are not sure whether their votes would influence the country’s future or if the presidential election would be held in a free manner, hence they are not interested in participating in the undertaking.
Asked whether he would prioritize freedom over people’s economic conditions, the IIPF chief said this is not important but the government’s main objective should be people’s consensus and the elite should provide the people with solutions for everyday problems.
Iran is situated on some of the world’s most active seismic fault-lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence.
www.iran-daily.com /1383/2239/html/national.htm   (1861 words)

  
 Iran: Pro-reform party threatens to quit Islamic regime   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Islamic Iran Participation Front insisted it would rather resolve the country's political crisis by dialogue, but warned it could no longer tolerate the conservatives' persistent undermining of the policies it was elected to implement.
At its annual congress earlier this month, the Participation Front issued an ultimatum to conservatives within the Islamic regime to allow it to implement its mandate or face losing all popular legitimacy.
The Front, which holds 130 seats in the 290-seat pro-reform parliament and has five ministers in Khatami's government, is demanding the "right to call government institutions to account," particularly the courts and watchdog bodies which have so far blocked all reformist legislation.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/723583/posts   (430 words)

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