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. "

BBC NEWS | Who's Who in Iran - Ayatollah Shahrudi

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Who's Who in Iran: "Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahrudi

Ayatollah Shahrudi is head of the judiciary and close to both the president and the supreme leader.
He has promised to co-operate with President Khatami in reforming the judiciary. However, he was appointed to the post by Ayatollah Khamenei, whom he advises on religious matters.

Ayatollah Shahrudi, 52, has already removed a number of hardliners from the judiciary.

He is broad-minded and relatively untouched by the factionalism which affects the ruling clerics in Tehran."