Iranian party nominates former parliament speaker for presidency

August 27th, 2008 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Aug 27 (Xinhua) Iran’s reformist National Confidence Party (NCP) has officially nominated its leader Mehdi Karroubi as party’s candidate in the country’s next presidential election due to be held mid-2009, the Press TV satellite channel reported Wednesday. Karroubi was nominated unanimously to run for the president in Iran’s 10th presidential race as the party’s candidate, spokesman Ismail Gerami-Moqaddam was quoted as saying.

The former parliament speaker for two terms has not yet responded to his party’s choice and will announce his decision in the coming weeks, Gerami-Moqaddam added.

Karroubi, secretary general of the party, stood as a candidate in the 9th presidential elections in 2005.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to prepare for a second term in office.

Ahmadinejad has been facing criticism from the public and pro-reform opponents over the state of country’s economy and rising inflation.

Iran’s inflation rate hit about 26 percent this year, leaving price hikes the biggest problem for ordinary Iranians.

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