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Iran News Round Up

[Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation; (E) signifies English-language link]

Politics

  • Different political actors are readying themselves for the presidential elections:
    • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose campaign leader is Sadeq Mahsouli, presidential advisor, supported by “The Society of Self Sacrificers of the Islamic Revolution.”
    • Mohammad Khatami, supported by minority of the Kargozaran technocratic elites, Reformist Participation Party, and the Mojahedin-e Enghelab
    • Hassan Rowhani, Hassan Habibi, Nateq Nouri, Velayati, Larijani, Mousavi or Mohammad-Ali Najafi favored by more conservative majority of Kargozaran..
    • Qalibaf’s headquarters has been half operational for six months, and has become fully operational during the past couple of days.
    • Karrubi will run as the presidential candidate of The National Trust reformist party.
  • In Asr-e Iran’s online polling, Tehran mayor Qalibaf proves most popular while current president Ahmadinejad comes at third.
  • Ahmadinejad campaign advisor Bazrpash explains the Iranian president’s campaigning methods.
  • Morteza Alviri says Arak, Khorramabad and Khomein considered as alternatives to Tehran as capital of Iran.
  • Rahim-Ghorbani, governor of West Azerbaijan, is to be appointed as minister of roads and infrastructure.
    • According to Asr-e Iran, Chief of Road Police, Commander Rouyanian, to be appointed Minister of Roads and Infrastructure.
      • There are also rumors of appointing current labor minister Jaromi as minister of interior.
  • Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli is appointed chief of Supreme Audit Court.
  • Tehran General Prosecutor Judge Razavi says 13 individuals have been arrested in the Palizdar case.

Diplomacy

Religion, Culture, and Society

Media

  • Deputy general secretary of the National Trust Party, Rasoul Montajabnia says E’temad-e Melli has not been banned, but ”some try to make an impression of enmity between the government and the newspaper.”

Trade

Economy

Human Rights and Labor

Military and Security

Nuclear Issue

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