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No coalition between Iran 's moderate party with conservatives

August 29 , Teheran (Deutsche Presse / dpa) - There is to be no link-up between the moderates close to President Mohammad Khatami and the conservative opposition to form a coalition for next year's parliamentary elections, the Teheran daily Khordad reported Sunday.

``This statement has been released to stop rumours about a coalition between the G6 party (moderates) and conservative factions in the parliamentary elections to be held in February 2000,'' the daily said.

The moderate G6 party - together with the leftist MRM and labour factions - supported Khatami and propelled him to a landslide victory in the May 1997 presidential elections with over 70 per cent of the votes.

The coming parliamentary elections are widely regarded as the next important step in order to transfer the legislative power to the reformists after the changes in the judiciary power earlier this month which shifted in favour of the pro-Khatami reformists.

There are also heated discussions over the return of former President Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani to Iran 's political limelight by attending the parliamentary elections..

Hashemi-Rafsanjani was succeeded in August 1997 by Mohammad Khatami after an eight-year presidential term and is now heading the Expediency Council, which is in charge for settling legislative and political disputes.

The moderates and the conservatives try to expose Rafsanjani as their top candidate and include him in their nominee lists but observers believe that the former president will either run independently or will allow all factions to introduce him in their lists.


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