Five groups of conservators to compete at parliamentary elections in Iran

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 9 / Trend T.Jafarov /

As the parliamentary elections in Iran, scheduled for March 2, approach the differences in the camp of the conservatives deepen. Five fronts that announced nomination of their lists for the elections have been formed inside this camp.

Two camps, reformists and conservators, will be the main competitors at the upcoming elections in Iran. However according to the information of the opposition mass media outlets of Iran, some parties, groups and people from the reformists' camp announced that they would quit elections.

According to the information of the Iranian mass media outlets, the following parties which will nominate their candidates at the elections will be formed only in Tehran: "Jebhe mottahed" (United front of conservators) led by Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi, "Jebhe paydari" (Front of stability of the Islamic Revolution), led by Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, "Jebhe istadegy" (Resistance front) led by Mohsen Rezai, "Jebhe sedaye melat" ( 'Voice of the people' front) led by Ali Mutahhari and "Jebhe basiret ve bidari" (Front 'Understanding and Awakening') led by Shahabuddin Sadr.

United front of conservators

This front is led by current chairman of the Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi.

United front of conservators is considered the largest group of conservators at the upcoming elections. It presented a list of 30 people for participation in the elections. Some traditional conservators are not included on this front's list.

Well-known members of the current parliament Ali Mutahhari, Hamid Reza Katouzian, Ali Abbaspour were not included on this list.

According to the information of websites close to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there is split in the United front of conservators over the post of the parliament's chairman. Some are struggling for former chairman of the parliament Haddad Adel, and the others are supporting current chairman Ali Larijani.

Front of stability of the Islamic revolution

This political front was founded in 2011. A group of conservators, ministers and officials who previously worked in the government of Ahmadinejad are members of this front. This front's members do not consider themselves members of the United front of conservators and say about their adherence to the conservatism's ideology.

There are serious differences between some members of this front and the United front of conservators.

Voice of the People front

The members of the current parliament, Ali Mutahhari, , Ali Abbaspour, criticizing the government of Ahmadinejad formed a new Voice of the People front, and announced their participation in the elections after it failed to enter the United Front of conservatives list.
A representative of this front Hamid Reza Katouzian noted that they will carry on a serious struggle with the conservatives who do not provide place in the electoral list.

Understanding and Awakening front

Vice-Speaker of Iranian Parliament Shahabuddin Sadr, who isn't included on in election list of United Front of conservatives, created a new Understanding and Awakening front and announced that he would participate in elections.

Sadr said 100 candidates from Understanding and awakening front will be nominated in the parliamentary elections.

Front of Resistance

The members of this front are supporters of former candidate for Presidency, Secretary of the Advisory Board, former commander of the Revolutionary Guards "Sepah" Mohsen Rezai. Fifteen people will be nominated from this front.

Some 5283 candidates are registered to participate in the parliamentary elections, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said.

Registration of candidates for members of the Parliament of the ninth convocation of elections scheduled on March 2, 2012, was held from December 24-30.

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