CEP Nominates 23-Member Central Council
By Zahra Abdi
TEHRAN -- The centrist Construction of Executive Party (CEP) yesterday
announced a 23-member Central Council amid objection from its allies who
said that there should have been an election and not nomination of the
Mohammad Ali Savoji, a member of the Constitution's Article No. 10,
related to the political parties, talking to the TEHRAN TIMES said the
three members should be dropped from the council as they have legal problems
and their cases are with the Judiciary.
They are Ali Hashemi, Mustafa Hashemi Taba and Ghulamhussein Karbaschi.
In response to a question, Ali Savojji said that it was still too early
to say whether Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will field his name for the Feb.
18 elections for the Majlis.
"We," said Ali Savoji, "will welcome if Mr. Rafsanjani
comes into the race." The 23-member council comprises Vice President
for executive Affairs and also former head of the Islamic Republic of
Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Mohammad Hashemi.
Former Tehran mayor Ghulamhussein Karbaschi, now is in prison has also
been nominated as a member of the council. He is one of the founder members
of the CEP. The third member is Plan and Budget Organization Head Mohammad-Ali
Najafi. He is also one of the founders of the CEP along with Minister
of Islamic Guidance and Culture Ataollah Mohajerani, Central Bank Governor
Mohsen Nourbakhsh and Physical Education Organization Head Mustafa Hashemi
Other members of the council include, Tehran Civic Body member Ghulamreza
Foruzesh who was also minister of Jihad in the cabinet of former president
The female lawmaker and daughter of Rafsanjani, Ms. Faezeh Hashemi who
was also managing editor of now banned Persian daily Zan or woman is another
member of the council.
Tehran University lecturer and Majlis Deputy Dr. Fatemeh Ramezanzadeh,
Majlis Deputy from Tabriz Dr. Esmail Jabarzadeh, Deputy from Mianeh Seyed
Hussein Hashemi, former interior minister Hedayat Aqaei, university teacher
Ali Hussein Muslehi, former deputy oil minister Ali Hashemi, Metro Company
Managing Director Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, Minister of Mines and Metals
Ishaq Jahangiri, former health minister Malekzadeh, former health minister
Iraj Fazel, Iran Central Insurance Director General Dr. Hemmati, Khajeh
Nasireddin Tous University President Reza Amrollahi, Majlis Deputy from
Nowshahr and Chalus Taher Nezhad, Tehran Civic Body member Mohammad Atrianfar
and Majlis Deputy from Kerman Seyed Hussein Marashi are also included
in the council.