Leaders of Iran

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Moderation and Development Party (Hizb-i Ettedal va Toseh)

DCPersian.com - New Parties and Coalitions Emerge Before Elections: "Moderation and Development Party (Hizb-i Ettedal va Toseh). Mohammad Baqer Nobakht is the secretary-general of this politically pragmatic party, which held its first congress in 2002. Spokesman Gholamali Dehqan announced on 11 February that the party has put together a list of candidates it backs in the parliamentary elections, ISNA reported. These candidates are drawn from the Islamic Society of University Staff, the Militant Clerics Association, and a coalition of independent groups, he said. Some of the better-known names on the list are parliamentarians Hojatoleslam Mehdi Karrubi, Gholamali Haddad-Adel, Hojatoleslam Majid Ansari, and Alireza Mahjub, as well as Hojatoleslam Taha Hashemi, who runs 'Entekhab' newspaper.

Karrubi met with this party on 14 February, IRNA reported, and he criticized the absence of other parties from the elections. 'Democratic elections need competition,' he said. "

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