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Speaker Held No "Secret Meeting" with Reformist MPs

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 24 (ICANA) – Public Relations Office of the Majlis has denied some news reports that Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani had held a secret meeting with a reformist MP to "discuss issues around the next election."
Friday, June 24, 2011 6:19:26 PM
Speaker Held No "Secret Meeting" with Reformist MPs

According to these media reports, the speaker is reportedly inviting "moderate and prominent reformists" to take part in the parliamentary election next March.

ILNA cited an "informed source" saying Larijani had held a secret meeting with a reformist MP a month ago in the speaker's office in the presence of his deputy, Hassan Zamani. "Mr. Larijani has asked the reformist MP about moderate well-known reformists who could run in the next election," the news agency claimed.

ILNA said its source had indicated that the parliamentary speaker continues to make efforts to meet with reformist representatives, adding: "Mr. Larijani criticized the current parliamentary makeup and said the coming Parliament must be composed of moderate and experienced individuals from both factions [reformists and conservatives] in order to avoid the current problems."

The Majlis denial statement called the news on the alleged meeting "fake" and said no such meeting had ever taken place. It also said the parliament would file a suit against ILNA for publishing the unfounded news report.

In the meantime, reformist MP Jalal Jalalizadeh told ILNA that the reformists are still undecided about joining the upcoming election. First and foremost, he said, the conditions set out by former president Mohammad Khatami must be met before such issues can be discussed.

Khatami, one of the chief reformist figures in the Islamic Republic, posed three conditions for the participation of reformists in the coming elections: first, the release of political prisoners and freedom of activity for political parties; second, officials must commit to following the Constitution; and finally, the election must be free and transparent.

After the 2009 presidential election, the opposition accused the government of widespread vote fraud. The establishment and the conservative elite denied the allegations.

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