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Diplomacy

Politics

  • Kargozaran publishes a report on the strengthening of the anti-Ahmadinejad front within the Principalist movement.
  • Mehdi Karrubi re-elected head of the National Trust Party.
    • Iran condemns men and women shaking hands at [Karrubi’s] National Trust Party’s convention in Khorasan-e Razavi province. The newspaper also criticized readings of a Persian translation of the Quran at the beginning of the ceremony rather than recitation of the Quran in Arabic.
  • Ahmadinejad cancels his meetings because of illness and stays away from official duties at the Day of Statistics.
  • Tehran mayor Qalibaf says it is too early to speak of his candidacy for presidential elections.
  • Entekhab News Agency reports that Larijani has shuffled parliamentary committee memberships.
  • Mohammad Khatami: “Reviewing slogans of official tribunes, one gets the impression that this country is the country of flowers and nightingales in which there are neither rising prices nor unemployment, poverty, corruption and prostitution!”
    • “The reason why I say I need to reach an understanding the people is that when someone runs [for president], he must speak more clearly and more precise with the people so they know why he is running for president. What does he want to do…? If a slogan is uttered and a program presented and an understanding is made with the people and one can’t deliver, this is disappointing to the people. If one can’t do such thing we must let someone get elected who is capable of getting things done…The most important duty of the president is execution of the constitution…”

Economy

Trade

Military and Security

  • Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr, deputy chief of the Armed Forces Central Command Council: “In case of threats against Iran, Iran’s reaction will not be limited to its territorial boundaries…A regime as weak as the Israeli one is too weak to attack a mighty and powerful state like Iran…the entire Islamic world backs Iran…no wise human being does such a foolish thing as attacking Iran…Even if colonizing powers manage to start a war against Iran, they will not be the ones to end it. It is the nations who will answer the result of violations…”
  • Alef News Agency reports a major explosion in Khalajabad, Karaj, near Tehran.

Religion, Culture, and Society

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