Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 19 Feb 2000 to 20 Feb 2000 - Special issue

There are 16 messages totalling 1529 lines in this issue.

Topics in this special issue:

1. Early retunrs from Tehran (II)
2. Iran Reformists Winning Big in Vote (2)
3. What Are Our Young People Saying?
4. AFP: Iran vote is slap in the face for former president Rafsanjani
5. AFP: Current parliament to hold last session on Tuesday
6. RESULTS OF IRANIAN ELECTIONS WELCOMED BY WORLD COMMUNITY
7. ABC: Results of Iranian parliamentary polls at 1030 GMT
8. Reuter: Election Violence Kills Eight in Iran -- Paper
9. BBC: Reformist prisoner released on leave
10. Payvand: Sattire: Interpretation of agitated dreams By Ebrahim Nabavi
11. (Reuters)Iran Reformers Poised for Tehran Election Win
12. Payvand: From the surface to the depth Editorial to Sobh-e Emrooz
13. Lari Says Over 30m Turn Out in 6th Majlis Elections
14. For Your Information
15. Election Results Announced in Provincial Cities

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 03:20:26 EST
From: KPGBT@AOL.COM
Subject: Early retunrs from Tehran (II)

Hi all,

Here is a more accurate rating in Tehran:
1)khatami 2)behzad nabavi 3)borghani
4)kadivar 5)nory 6)khamenei 7)armin
8)shakory rad 9)farahany
10)mahjob 11)jolodarzade 12)rahmany
Rafsanjany is between 15-20.

Kourosh

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 13:22:27 EST
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Iran Reformists Winning Big in Vote

Iran Reformists Winning Big in Vote

By AFSHIN VALINEJAD
.c The Associated Press


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A former intelligence minister whose agents were accused
of killing political enemies was among leading hard-liners going down to
defeat Sunday as it became increasingly clear that Iranians want a
reform-minded parliament.

If the returns from Friday's election continue to favor the reformists, as is
likely, it will be the first time the parliament is free of hard-line
domination since the 1979 Islamic revolution brought the clergy to power.

Results had been announced Sunday for 190 of the 290 seats in the Majlis, or
parliament. Winners are listed only by name, not affiliation, but a
background check of the candidates by The Associated Press showed the winners
included 137 reformists - or 72 percent.

Conservatives had taken 44 seats, or 23 percent, and independents had nine
seats, or 5 percent. The Interior Ministry, in charge of the elections, will
announce the final results when they become known later this week.

Meanwhile, four provincial cities were reported calm after election-related
violence Saturday that left two dead.

In Isfahan, Iran's second-largest city, reformists won all five seats. A
big-name hard-line loser there was former Intelligence Minister Ali
Fallahian.

Reformists have suggested that Fallahian should be officially questioned
about rogue Intelligence Ministry agents who murdered five dissidents in
1998. In 1997, a German court issued a warrant for Fallahian, saying Iran's
highest rulers ordered the 1992 assassination of an Iranian-Kurdish
opposition figure in Berlin.

A reformist wave has been sweeping Iran since the May 1997 election of
President Mohammad Khatami. The 56-year-old president, a moderate Shiite
cleric, has captured the hearts of the young with his efforts to widen
individual freedoms, free the press and reduce the clergy's interference in
the government, the judiciary and people's lives.

But Khatami's initiatives had been stymied by hard-liners who controlled the
outgoing Majlis.

With the new parliament convening in June, what remains to be seen is whether
the hard-liners will continue to use their key powers to block the
reformists. The Guardian Council, 12 clerics and lawyers, must approve all
bills passed by Parliament. And Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme
leader, has the final word. He heads the armed forces, judiciary and
state-run radio and television.

Many in the conservative camp appeared ready to accept the people's verdict.

``It has now been confirmed that the Iranians are responsible for their own
affairs,'' the hard-line Tehran Times said. It said Iranians have made clear
that the government must ``immediately address their problems to make the
society healthy and wealthy.''

Such comments came as hard-liners were going down to defeat across the
country.

Ali Zaddsar - an outspoken hard-liner who was involved in a failed
impeachment bid against Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani - lost his seat
in Jiroft in southern Iran.

Another conservative stalwart who went down in the voting was Ahmed
Rasouli-Nejad, an incumbent from Damavand in northern Iran. Rasouli-Nejad
played a role in the 1998 impeachment of Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri and
last year's bid to impeach Mohajerani. Both Nouri and Mohajerani support
Khatami's reforms.

Nouri, who is serving a five-year jail sentence on charges that included
religious dissent, was allowed to go home on leave Sunday. Leaves are granted
to Iranian prisoners for definite periods to visit family. Nouri's lasts
until Wednesday.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:05:55 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: What Are Our Young People Saying?

IRAN NEWS EDITORIAL FEBRUARY 20, 2000

What Are Our Young People Saying?

In 1979 when the reverberation of the Islamic Revolution news was deafening
the world, news analyses, more than one can count, concerning this historic
phenomenon were being made beyond the borders of this country. Everyone was
examining this tumultuous event critically and dissecting it to his own
liking.

One of these analyses attributed the origin of the revolution to the vast
number of the youth, who have always triggered major events and great
revolutions in the world. In 1979, there was a large young population in
Iran, whose demands were strongly instrumental in setting off the chain of
events. Analogies were drawn between what was happening in this country with
what happened in Europe during the Protestant movement by masses of the
young. The demands of the young Iranian revolutionaries were also deeply
entrenched in the conceptual framework of religion and freedom.

Young people below 30 years of age now make up 70% of the Iranian population.
These young people have certain demands and requirements which, if not
catered to, would exacerbate the growing rift between them and older
generations.

Last Friday this young generation went to the polls once again and created
another monumental and memorable epic like that of the 1979 revolution. More
than 30 million Iranians, most of whom were young people, participated in the
elections and brought back tangible and vivid memories of the 1979 Islamic
Revolution in this country. Once again, through this highly peaceful show of
force the people unmistakably made their rightful demands known to everyone.

According to the latest ballot counts, most of those elected are staunch
supporters of President Khatami. The Islamic Iran Partnership Party (IIPP)
candidates seem to have easily wrested most of the Majlis seats from the
former conservative representatives of Tehran. Most of the triumphant
candidates in provincial towns are comprised of either the mainstream
President Khatami's supporters or young novices.

Claims made on May 23rd, 1997 that people cast their ballots reactively with
no clear idea of what Khatami would be like, cannot be repeated this time
since a full list of 30 individuals was afforded the approval of a whole a
lot of well-informed citizens. This manner of balloting speaks of political
maturity and intelligence allied with strong resolution. political maturity
and intelligence allied with strong resolution.

Our people presented their grievances most palatably, peacefully and
democratically through their manner of voting on Feb 18, 2000. The
newly-elected MPs and the members of the government have been blessed with a
very opportune occasion to bow to the rightful demands of people.

Our great people have demonstrated that they have fully realized the benefits
of democracy in action and would never let go of the concomitant blessings.
It is now for the authorities of this country to come to a full understanding
of the clear signals sent to them and accommodate the wishes of our people
accordingly.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:16:05 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Iran Reformists Winning Big in Vote

Iran Reformists Winning Big in Vote

By AFSHIN VALINEJAD

TEHRAN, Iran (Feb. 20) - A former intelligence minister whose agents were
accused of killing political enemies was among leading hard-liners going down
to defeat Sunday as it became increasingly clear that Iranians want a
reform-minded parliament.

If the returns from Friday's election continue to favor the reformists, as is
likely, it will be the first time the parliament is free of hard-line
domination since the 1979 Islamic revolution brought the clergy to power.

Results had been announced Sunday for 190 of the 290 seats in the Majlis, or
parliament. Winners are listed only by name, not affiliation, but a background
check of the candidates by The Associated Press showed the winners included
137
reformists - or 72 percent.

Conservatives had taken 44 seats, or 23 percent, and independents had nine
seats, or 5 percent. The Interior Ministry, in charge of the elections, will
announce the final results when they become known later this week.

Meanwhile, four provincial cities were reported calm after election-related
violence Saturday that left two dead.

In Isfahan, Iran's second-largest city, reformists won all five seats. A
big-name hard-line loser there was former Intelligence Minister Ali
Fallahian.

Reformists have suggested that Fallahian should be officially questioned about
rogue Intelligence Ministry agents who murdered five dissidents in 1998. In
1997, a German court issued a warrant for Fallahian, saying Iran's highest
rulers ordered the 1992 assassination of an Iranian-Kurdish opposition figure
in Berlin.

A reformist wave has been sweeping Iran since the May 1997 election of
President Mohammad Khatami. The 56-year-old president, a moderate Shiite
cleric, has captured the hearts of the young with his efforts to widen
individual freedoms, free the press and reduce the clergy's interference in
the
government, the judiciary and people's lives.

But Khatami's initiatives had been stymied by hard-liners who controlled the
outgoing Majlis.

With the new parliament convening in June, what remains to be seen is whether
the hard-liners will continue to use their key powers to block the reformists.
The Guardian Council, 12 clerics and lawyers, must approve all bills passed by
Parliament. And Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has the final
word. He heads the armed forces, judiciary and state-run radio and
television.

Many in the conservative camp appeared ready to accept the people's verdict.

``It has now been confirmed that the Iranians are responsible for their own
affairs,'' the hard-line Tehran Times said. It said Iranians have made clear
that the government must ``immediately address their problems to make the
society healthy and wealthy.''

Such comments came as hard-liners were going down to defeat across the
country.


Ali Zaddsar - an outspoken hard-liner who was involved in a failed impeachment
bid against Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani - lost his seat in Jiroft in
southern Iran.

Another conservative stalwart who went down in the voting was Ahmed
Rasouli-Nejad, an incumbent from Damavand in northern Iran. Rasouli-Nejad
played a role in the 1998 impeachment of Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri and
last year's bid to impeach Mohajerani. Both Nouri and Mohajerani support
Khatami's reforms.

Nouri, who is serving a five-year jail sentence on charges that included
religious dissent, was allowed to go home on leave Sunday. Leaves are granted
to Iranian prisoners for definite periods to visit family. Nouri's lasts until
Wednesday.

AP-NY-02-20-00

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:19:23 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: AFP: Iran vote is slap in the face for former president Rafsanjani

TEHRAN, Feb 20 (AFP) - Iran's election results are a slap
in the face for former president Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, who seems to have misjudged the political
mood in allowing himself to be cast as a moderate
conservative.

As results started coming in from Friday's polls pointing to
a reformist landslide nationwide, Rafsanjani could not even
be certain he had won a seat in the parliament he chaired
as speaker for two terms at the start of the Islamic
revolution.

"Although moderate and pragmatic, Rafsanjani appears to
be the victim of his official link with the Islamist
conservative right," analyst Daryush Abdali said.

Rafsanjani, 66, a veteran of Iranian politics, officially
stood as an independent but found himself propelled to the
top of the list of candidates favoured by the conservatives
in Tehran, compromising his previous image as an
unbiased man of the centre.

He would have been a shoo-in for the speaker's post
which helps forge the legislative agenda and set the tone of
political debate if conservatives had won a majority.

His candidacy was openly criticised and denounced by
leaders of the reformists on the left, particularly by
Mohammad-Reza Khatami, brother of President
Mohammad Khatami and head of the reformist ticket in
Tehran.

In the absence of official results for the capital, speculation
from within Tehran's political circles abounded on Sunday.

The conservative press said that amid a significant
difference between the results in the reformist north and
the conservative south of Tehran, Rafsanjani was
somewhere in the middle of the list of leading candidates.

Reformist sources claimed Rafsanjani was in 34th place
for the capital's 30 seats and had therefore missed out.

But conservatives were more optimistic, at least in public,
saying that the former president had taken the 15th or the
17th available seat. Whatever happens, Rafsanjani, who
did his best to appear a "moderate arbitrator" in the
political battle between reformists close to Khatami and
conservatives faithful to the Islamic republic's spiritual
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears to be gambling
with his political future.

Reformists, who benefitted from the strong and invaluable
support of young voters and students in particular, turned
their noses up at his candidacy, believing he had put his
hat in the ring to serve the conservatives and above all to
prevent the reformists from taking control of parliament.

"Rafsanjani already belongs to the past and the young are
looking for novelty and this is why they love
Mohammad-Reza Khatami," said a Tehran University law
student.

For many reformists, the name of Rafsanjani is linked in
one way or another to the series of murders of intellectuals
and opposition figures in Iran at the end of 1998.

On the eve of the count, reformist intellectual and
journalist Akbar Ghanji published an "autopsy" of
Rafsanjani's role in the murders.

Rafsanjani's name provoked the bitter ire of several
thousand leftist students in the middle of the campaign last
Sunday.

"The students have woken up", and "They hate Hashemi",
students shouted as they gathered in the Shirudi stadium in
the centre of the Iranian capital, in a gathering organised
by the reformist Participation Front.

The conservative Islamic right's backing of Rafsanjani and
the Executives of Construction party which he was
instrumental in founding during his presidency was seen as
a desperate attempt to survive.

But this moderate party put itself in a blatantly
contradictory position, by mobilising behind Rafsanjani but
also backing reformist candidates.

"Rafsanjani risks being a victim of this contradiction," said
Abdali, like Rafsanjani a former opponent of the imperial
regime in the 1970s.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:19:46 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: AFP: Current parliament to hold last session on Tuesday

TEHRAN, Feb 20 (AFP) - The outgoing
conservative-dominated Iranian parliament will hold its last
session Tuesday, following Friday's elections which
pointed to a landslide for reformists, an official statement
said.

The parliamentary statement said all 270 members of the
assembly should be present from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday,
following a month-long recess.

The new parliament, with 290 seats, will convene
following the second run-off round of the elections, whose
date has not yet been fixed.

Initial results from the first round indicated a huge mandate
for supporters of reformist President Mohammad
Khatami, whose efforts to push through sweeping changes
since his own election three years ago were largely
thwarted by the legislature.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:15:49 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: RESULTS OF IRANIAN ELECTIONS WELCOMED BY WORLD COMMUNITY

RESULTS OF IRANIAN ELECTIONS WELCOMED BY WORLD COMMUNITY

http://www.iran-press-service.com/

February 18, 2000

TEHRAN 19TH Feb. (IPS) Latest results from the Iranian legislative elections
held yesterday confirms the victory of the reformists, with Dr. Mohammad Reza
Khatami, 40, the younger brother of President Mohammad Khatami and several
other prominent moderate candidates like Dr. Alireza Nouri, the 39 years-old
brother of the jailed hojatoleslam Abdollah Nouri being already elected.

Sources close to the Interior Ministry also confirmed that voters dealt a
serious blow to both the former president ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani and his young daughter, Mrs. Fa'ezeh Hashemi, with both father and
daughter needing probably a second round to make their way into the next 290
seats Majles.

"In the house of Mr. Rafsanjani, the mood is like in a mourning. It is the
great desolation. The shock is so terrible that no one realises what has
happened", one Tehran resident told Iran Press Service.

In the central city of Esfahan, hojatoleslam Ali Fallahian, the former
Intelligence Minister nicknamed by the independent press as "Master Key"
because of central role he is alleged to have played in the assassination of
more than 80 Iranian political and intellectual dissidents inside and outside
Iran between 1989 and 1993 when Mr. Rafsanjani was president, got less than
30.000 votes out of around 600.000 ballots.

"Mr. Rafsanjani is in a shaky and fragile position and even if he makes his
way
into the house, he would never be the same man as he was before, having lost
all the credits he used to enjoy", observed one Tehran journalist.

Considered as one of the status symbol and a pillar of the Islamic Republic
and
considering that he was endorsed by the conservatives, including the leader,
the knocking out of Mr. Rafsanjani means also both another nail in the coffin
of the present theocratic regime and another blast for Mr. Khameneh'i", he
added.

The silence observed in the conservative camp was matched with the enthusiasm
of the reformists, where officials of the Islamic Iran Participation Front,
the
flag carrier of the 23 May coalition that support president Khatami said their
candidates had obtained more than 65 per cent of the expressed votes.

Even the hard line afternoon daily "Keyhan", the mouthpiece of the
Intelligence
Ministry acknowledged the defeat of the ruling hard liners.

"Majles is conquered" announced the liberal "Fath", the new daily that has
replaced Khordad, Mr. Nouri's influential and popular newspaper closed down by
the leader-controlled Judiciary.

Acting as he had not been personally smacked by the voters, Mr. Khameneh'i, in
a statement broadcast Saturday by Tehran Radio, thanked the Almighty for
having
heard his "humble prayer to give him and Islam a heavy turn out, and the
Iranians for having once again punched the world arrogance (the United
States),
the enemies of Islam, the revolution and Imam" (grand ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini).

He had done exactly the same thing after the resounding defeat of hojatoleslam
Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, his candidate in the presidential election of May 1997
at the hands of the relatively unknown hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, thanking
God to gave him 30 million votes, regardless of the fact that Mr. Khatami had
received more than 23 millions and the conservative Nateq Nouri 7 millions.

Mr. Khatami also congratulated the population for its massive turn out and the
support they so wholeheartedly reserved for reformists.

However, observers cautioned against too much optimism, pointing out that the
Council of Guardians, a watchdog institution controlled by Mr. Khatami has to
confirm the validity of the votes. "In rural areas and small towns where
conservatives, independents and reformists are running neck to neck, it is
easy
to change few votes", they pointed out.

With the new Majles to start working officially on second of June, the second
round of election would take place in the last week of April.

Covered by hundreds of foreign pressmen, the outcome of the elections was
generally welcomed by the international community. "This (election results)
would strengthen Iran's nascent democracy and we welcome it. Let's hope that
Iranian rulers would hear the voice and demands of their people", said State
Secretary Mrs. Madeleine Albright. ENDS ELECTIONS 19200

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:20:06 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: ABC: Results of Iranian parliamentary polls at 1030 GMT

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20000220_278.html


TEHRAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Iranian election officials have
announced winners of 190 seats in the new, expanded 290-seat
parliament. Fifty contests will go to a run-off, expected in April.

A reformist coalition backing President Mohammad Khatami is
bidding to wrest control of the assembly from the conservatives
and their allies among the independents.

In the old 270-seat parliament, the rough breakdown was 120
conservatives, 80 reformers and 70 independents, but figures
varied as alliances shifted.

Party and factional affiliations remain fluid in Iran. However,
declared affiliations show the following results as of 1030 GMT:


Reformist Coalition ..102
Conservatives .........43
Independents ..........37
Unknown affiliation ... 8
Run-off declared ......50

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:23:24 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Reuter: Election Violence Kills Eight in Iran -- Paper

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Police fired at crowds of demonstrators protesting
against alleged ballot rigging in two towns in southwestern Iran,
killing eight and wounding scores more, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The daily Kayhan said the eight, including a young child, had been
killed on Saturday in clashes with police in oil-rich Khuzestan province
during protests against the results of last Friday's parliamentary
election in their districts.

The newspaper said an angry crowd had set fire to police cars in the
town of Shush and attacked banks and public buildings. Five people
including the child died in ensuing clashes with police, it said.

It reported riots had also broken out in nearby Dasht-e Azadegan after
police fired into a crowd of people trying to force their way into the
governor's office.

These clashes left three people dead and 10 others wounded. The
protesters then attacked state buildings and staged demonstrations, the
newspaper said.

The official IRNA news agency earlier said 15 people had been injured in
clashes in Shush and a third town in the province. It said protesters
were angry about the re-election of the incumbent, whom they accused of
``vote-buying and bribery.''

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:24:50 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: BBC: Reformist prisoner released on leave

Iranian reformist Abdullah Nouri, jailed by hard-liners for religious
dissent, is reported to have been allowed to go home on leave.

The move comes as partial results from Friday's parliamentary elections
show supporters of the reformist President, Mohammad Khatami, are likely
to win a majority in parliament.

Mr Nouri, a former interior minister, was jailed for five years last
November on charges of spreading anti-Islamic propaganda.

His supporters say his sentence was a deliberate attempt to prevent him
from running in Friday's parliamentary elections.

His release on Sunday was the first time Mr Nouri had been allowed
leave, which is different from bail or parole.

Leave is for a definite period, and is intended to allow a prisoner to
visit his or her family.

Mr Nouri arrived home on Sunday afternoon from the Evin prison in
northern Tehran, a relative said.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:24:21 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Payvand: Sattire: Interpretation of agitated dreams By Ebrahim Nabavi

Payvand's Iran News ...

02/20/00 Sattire: Interpretation of agitated dreams By Ebrahim Nabavi
Chehel Sotoon column Asr-e Azadegan daily

Since the outcome of the elections will shortly come out, and since all
the factions that have failed in the elections are issuing
congratulations in a way as if they had won, and considering that the
dear candidates have not slept well, we will interpret dreams in this
office.

M. Honarmand, Tehran: I was walking in the desert, when I suddenly fell
into a stream. But as the water was taking me, I was dancing.

Interpretation: You will not be elected, but since you are too
self-confident, you will announce everywhere that you have won. Besides,
since during the day you too much fight vulgarity, your unconscious is
probably in a state of crisis.

Iron dealer, Tehran: I was dreaming that I was a mouse. I was eating
cheese when a cat ate me.

Interpretation: You definitely will not be elected. In the next term,
avoid eating cheese and watching Tom and Jerry. Also try to congratulate
the winners of the elections in order to reduce the agony of your
conscience.

J.L., mathematician, Tehran: I dreamt that I was trapped under a radical
sign. I was telling cock-and-bull stories, and while speaking, reporters
protested, and no matter how much I denied, it was of no use.

Interpretation: You will probably be elected, but try not to give
interviews too often.

M.R.K., company vice-president, Tehran: I dreamt that the TV was playing
the "O Iran" hymn, and people were carrying TV sets on their heads. The
wind blew and lifted me into the air, and I was swinging on the clouds.

Interpretation: You will definitely be elected, but the TV will not be
improved even if you kill yourself.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:25:36 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: (Reuters)Iran Reformers Poised for Tehran Election Win

Iran Reformers Poised for Tehran Election Win

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's reformers were poised for a big victory in the
capital Tehran, completing a clean electoral sweep of the country's
urban centers.

The high turnout in Friday's parliamentary polls in support of President
Mohammad Khatami's broad reform campaign has already eliminated key
conservative figures from the assembly.

Unofficial preliminary results from Tehran, battleground of Iran's top
politicians, reveal further setbacks in store for some of the Right's
leading lights.

Earlier, results from the second city of Mashhad, as well as Isfahan and
Shiraz, showed not a single conservative had managed to win a seat,
although one race will go to a run-off.

Among the possible conservative victims in Tehran, with 30 seats, was
former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose poor showing in early
returns could end his political career.

Sources at the interior ministry, responsible for the count, said early
returns from Tehran showed a big lead for the Islamic Iran Participation
Front, the main pro-reform faction led by Mohammad Reza Khatami, brother
of the president.

They said Khatami, Alireza Nouri, the brother of jailed dissident cleric
Abdollah Nouri, and Ahmad Bourqani, a former culture ministry official
who helped foster the independent press, were among early leaders.

Rafsanjani Faces Stern Test

But Rafsanjani, enlisted to boost conservative fortunes, was far down
the list. Analysts say such a showing could doom what had been expected
to be a strong bid for assembly speaker.

The head of the leading conservative coalition, Mohammad Reza Bahonar,
conceded defeat in the capital, but maintained his ticket had captured
more than half of the provincial seats.

``Our predictions for the provinces have come true, but I think the
results are not as we thought in Tehran,'' newspapers on Sunday quoted
Bahonar as saying.

A spokesman for the Participation Front, meanwhile, said pro-reform
candidates had won about 135 so far.

Spokesman Mahmoud Ilkhan told Reuters that about 70 percent of the
reformist winners belonged to the Front, the closest faction to Khatami,
and the rest were backed by other pro-reform groups.

At issue is the large pool of so-called independents, many of whose
political views may not be known until the new parliament convenes, in
May.

However, results released 1030 GMT on Sunday showed that candidates
clearly identified with the coalition backing Khatami had won 102 seats.
Another 43 or so went to conservatives, while at least 37 went to
independents.

Fluid Affiliations

Parties and factions are a relatively new phenomenon in Iran and their
fluid nature made an exact tally impossible. However, the smaller
outgoing parliament was composed of roughly 120 conservatives, 80
reformers and 70 independents.

Nationally, reformist candidates looked set to wrest parliament from the
conservatives and their allies.

A solid pro-reform majority would boost Khatami's efforts to create a
civil society within Iran's Islamic system.

It could also help bring Iran further out of its international
isolation, normalizing ties with western Europe and arch-enemy the
United States.

Last March Khatami became the first Iranian leader to visit the West
since the 1979 Islamic revolution, going to Italy and meeting the Pope.

In the first reports of violence, riots broke out in two Iranian towns
on Saturday when residents protested against the re-election of their
incumbent members of parliament, the Iranian news agency IRNA said.

It said police used tear gas and shot into the air to disperse hundreds
of demonstrators who hurled stones at the governor's office and attacked
banks and state buildings in the southwestern town of Shush. Fifteen
people were injured.

IRNA said protesters were angry about the re-election of the incumbent,
whom they accused of ``vote-buying and bribery.''

In the town of Shadegan, also located in oil-rich Khuzestan province,
protesters attacked public buildings and state-owned vehicles before
being dispersed by police, the agency said.

Preliminary figures put turnout at more than 80 percent of the 38.7
million eligible voters, up from the 71 percent in the last
parliamentary polls in 1996, election officials said.

Some 88 percent took part in the presidential polls of 1997, won by
Khatami in a landslide.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:26:54 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Payvand: From the surface to the depth Editorial to Sobh-e Emrooz

Payvand's Iran News ...

02/20/00 From the surface to the depth Editorial to Sobh-e Emrooz daily
20 February 2000

Reports published so far are indicative of the reformists' victory in
the parliamentary elections. This shows that the reformists have been
successful in promoting their main mottoes and proving that reforms are
the only choice to build a better future. Reformism has gained the
necessary grounds now, and now it is time to deepen reforms and
reformism. With the victory of the reformists' and the change in the
direction of the legislative power regarding reforms, a new era is
beginning with new responsibilities for the reformists, which can be
summarized as "moving from the surface to the depth." A few points in
this respect are:

1. Up to now, the main responsibility of the reformist movement was on
the shoulders of the press and the speaking podiums of the reformers,
but it should now be laid on the shoulders of the 2nd of Khordad
organizations and parties. Democratizing the system for choosing the
leadership of the parties and adjusting proper strategies for future and
expanding opportunities for participation of different classes in party
activities are the minimum measures to be taken. Activists and
reformists who do not find the existing parties a proper vehicle for
their activities should start new parties if they have the minimum
social support. Parties should become a place for education and
organization and leaving the stage of individual actions.

2. The comprehensive nature of the 2nd of Khordad movement has led to
ambiguities in some cases. This nature is useful in the negation stage,
but it would cause problems for the movement in the establishing phase.
General, moving mottoes should now be turned into plans and solutions to
pave the way for executive bodies. Thus it is necessary to abandon using
general terms and to put forth specific questions and give definitions
of ideals. Reformist groups are expected to publish their positions,
political strategy and executive plans in writing. Although acting as a
front is still both possible and useful, it should be truly a front and
no more a movement. A front will not be formed unless there are parties
with identities.

3. The government will also be in a new position. Forming centers that
play the role of "detached wisdom" for the government is essential.
Executive bodies, because of their constant involvement in fulfilling
day-to-day duties, are not able to design long-term plans.

4. The student movement should also redefine its social role and
function. It has so far successfully acted ion the political scene,
keeping alive reformist mottoes and mobilized the social classes.
Constant presence in the forefront of challenges has hindered the
deepening of viewpoints in this movement and the expansion of its
activities to civil and social areas. Now it is time to revise current
attitudes.

5. The future belongs to those who improve themselves with an
understanding of new requirements and comply with the dynamism of the
environment.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:17:41 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Lari Says Over 30m Turn Out in 6th Majlis Elections

Lari Says Over 30m Turn Out in 6th Majlis Elections

* Reformers Are the Main Winners

* Riot Reported in Southern Iran

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN -- Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari said here yesterday that
about 80 percent of Iranian people had taken part in the February 18
elections for the Sixth Majlis.

Lari said that people's presence on the scene of the sixth Majlis election
had been more extensive than the May 23 presidential elections in 1997.

Such a presence signifies the spirit of freedom, freedom seeking, sound
understanding of the situation and true recognition of the needs, he told
reporters in a press conference.

Lari said that people's massive presence rejected claims of those who said
the presence of parties had discouraged people and distanced them from
political activities.

He said that the event showed that the Iranian people are for diversity of
opinions, praise competition within framework of the law and observation of
all party rights and are against existence of a single trait in society.

The minister said that women and the youth had active presence on the scene
of elections. Such a presence shows that the current atmosphere in the
society has set the scene for hope and joy, he added.

Lari said the election would strengthen security and those elements being
against the system and seeking its overthrow would be further isolated.

The sixth Majlis election, said the minister, has stabilized bases of the
system and would strengthen security of economic investment as well as
solidarity and national unity.

The election showed that Iran is for all Iranians and people are awaiting
reforms within framework of the law, he added.

Lari said the election was held in a calm atmosphere and no problem was
created for executives of the elections.

Reaction of parties and groups after announcement of the early results of the
elections showed that the groups respect whatever the people wish, he added.

Iran Reformers in Virtual Sweep of Three Big Cities

Iranian reformers have virtually swept three of Iran's biggest cities in
parliamentary elections, according to estimates from official sources
obtained by AFP yesterday.

The figures show reformers backing President Mohammad Khatami winning in
Isfahan, Mashhad and Tabriz, after earlier official results showed reformers
also crushing conservatives in the countryside and smaller towns.

According to the estimates, reformists will snatch two seats from
conservatives in the outgoing legislature to win all five spots representing
the central city of Isfahan.

They indicated the closest right-wing candidate was some 120,000 votes
behind, while in the conservative stronghold of Mashhad in the northeast
pro-Khatami reformers will take four of the five MP slots.

The estimates also show reformers sweeping all five seats in Tabriz in the
northwest.

In addition leading conservative MP Abbas Abassi from the southern coast city
of Bandar Abbas has been beaten, according to the figures.

With all votes in Friday's election being counted by hand, final results from
the cities are not expected to be released until Sunday (today) or Monday.

In the old 270-seat Parliament, the rough breakdown was 120 conservatives, 80
reformers and 70 independents, but figures varied as alliances shifted.

Party and factional affiliations remain fluid in Iran. However, declared
affiliations show the following results as of 16:15 GMT:

Reformist coalition ..................55

Conservatives ........................22

Independents ........................25

Unknown affiliation ..................11

Run-off declared .....................35

Iranian election officials have also announced the winners of 120 seats in
the new, expanded 290-seat Parliament out of them 33 are incumbents. Of the
33, 18 are from the right-wing coalition and 15 from the May 23 Front
Coalition and independent candidates.

Riots Erupt in Southern Iran

Meanwhile, a group of people were involved in riots and rowdy protest
yesterday in Shush Danial, western Province of Khuzestan, to protest the
results of the parliamentary election held on Friday.

They accused the winner of the election in the constituency of bribing the
electorate. The rioters attacked the governorate premises and other public
buildings including several banks, hurled stones at policemen on duty and set
several vehicles alight.

Police resorted to firing bullets in the air and tear-gas shells to bring the
situation under control.

IRNA quoted eye witnesses as saying that hundreds of people were involved in
the angry protest and 15 were injured in clashes with the police.

Police said the situation is under control and those wounded were taken to
hospital.

Head of Khuzestan Province's supervisory board, Hojjatoleslam Saeed Saadi,
said that city officials should negotiate to persuade the people to end the
protest.


Saudi King Invites Supreme Leader for Landmark Visit

* Leader Receives King Fahd's Special Envoy

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei
yesterday received Saudi king's special envoy, Abd al-Aziz al-Khuwaiter.

Al-Khuwaiter submitted an invitation from King Fahd to the Supreme Leader to
visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage. Thanking King Fahd for the
invitation, the Leader expressed hope to visit Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage to
the holy shrines in Mecca and Medina.

The Leader said the strong and growing ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia
would not only serve mutual interests but would also benefit the Muslim
World.

"The threat posed by Israel is growing. You see in the midst of the so-called
peace talks, what happened to Lebanon (in reference to the Israeli air
raids). Therefore the Muslim world needs to develop strong relations," the
Leader told King Fahd's special envoy.

The Leader said the threats to Islam are not just limited to Israel but the
centers directed by the global arrogance look at the Muslim World in the same
way and follow the same hostile policy against Muslim countries where Islamic
views are prevalent.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the approaching annual Hajj pilgrimage and
hoped that the event would be held in a befitting manner in order to have
more influence on the Muslims, particularly the young generation.

The Leader also thanked the Saudi officials for raising the quota for the
Iranian pilgrims in the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

According to IRNA, Al-Khuwaiter expressed pleasure with his meeting with the
Leader and the cordial relations existing between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:15:26 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: For Your Information

For Your Information

Iranian rebels said they had launched mortar raids in three border provinces
yesterday, inflicting heavy casualties and damage.

The Iraq-based terrorist Mojahedin-eKhalq Organization (MKO), said in a
statement that its fighters killed "dozens" of members of the military and
security forces in the attacks in Kermanshah, Ilam, and oil-rich Khuzestan
provinces.

It said three of its own men were wounded.

There was no independent confirmation of the attacks, which reportedly came a
day after parliamentary elections across Iran.

(Reuters)

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:22:30 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Election Results Announced in Provincial Cities

Election Results Announced in Provincial Cities

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN -- The following is the results of the sixth Majlis elections held on
Friday, February 18, in some constituencies as reported by IRNA:

Name of Constituency Name of MP

Salmas (W. Azarbaijan) Ali-Akbar Aqaie Moghanjouie

Naqadeh (W. Azarbaijan) Karim Rahmani Chianeh

Mianeh (E. Azarbaijan) Hussein Hashemi and

Mohammad Kiafar

Pakdasht (Tehran) Mohammad Qomi

Shahreza (Isfahan) Hussein Ramezanianpour

Armenian Christians South of Iran

Jorjik Abramian

Lamard (Fars)

Jalal Musavi

Golpayegan and Khansar (Isfahan)

Morteza Shayesteh

Kazeroun (Fars) Mohammad-Baqer Baqeri Nejadianfar

Mobarakeh (Isfahan) Qahreman Bahrami Hassanabadi

Mahshahr (Khuzestan) Peyman Ashuri Bandari

Rudsar (Gilan) Davood Hassanzadegan Rudsari

Some'ehsara (Gilan) Mohammad-Taqi Ranjbarchubeh

Astaneh Ashrafieh (Gilan) Reza Saleh Jalali Astaneh

Sonqor and Koliaie (Kermanshah)

Baratali Mohammadifar

Neyshabour (Khorassan)

Hussein Ansarirad

Ardestan (Isfahan)

Hussein Tavakoli

Natanz (Isfahan)

Ali Baghbanian

Falavarjan (Isfahan)

Habibollah Esmailzadeh

Khomeinishahr (Isfahan)

Nematollah-Ali Rezaie

Kashan (Isfahan)

Hassan Towfiqi

Golpayegan (Isfahan)

Mojtaba Shayesteh

Lenjan (Isfahan)

Namazi

Najafabad (Isfahan)

Mostafa Taheri

Naeen (Isfahan)

Abolfazl Razavi

Quchan (Khorassan)

Mohammad-Baqer Zakeri

Chenaran and Torqabeh (Khorassan)

Ahmad Moradi

Esfarayen (Khorassan)

Reza Nowrooz-Zadeh

Shirvan (Khorassan)

Hussein Afarideh

Dargaz (Khorassan)

Rasoul Mehrpour

Qa'enat (Khorassan)

Mousa Qorbani

Khaf and Rashtkhar (Khorassan)

Gholam-Heydar Ebrahimbay

Torbatjam (Khorassan)

Ahmad Khasahmadi

Asadabad (Hamedan)

Zabihollah Safaie

Talesh (Gilan)

Asgar Eslamdoost

Karbandi Astara (Gilan)

Hassan Zahmatkesh

Anzali (Gilan)

Hassan Khasteh

Savojbolagh (Tehran)

Jafar Golbaz

Paveh (Kermanshah)

Mostafa Mohammadi

Bandar Ramhormoz (Khuzestan)

Naser Musavi

Dasht-e Azadegan (Khuzestan)

Abdolzahra Alemi Neysi

Khodabandeh (Zanjan)

Morovatollah Partow

Torbat-Heydarieh (Khorassan)

Abolqasem Abedinipour

Kashmar and Bardeskan (Khorassan)

Mohammad-Reza Khabbaz

Mahneshan (Zanjan)

Reza Abdollahi

Sardasht and Piranshahr (Kordestan)

Hasel Daseh

Semnan (Semnan)

Taher Taheri

Rudbar (Gilan)

Salim Marashi

Amol (Mazandaran)

Mahmoud Kazemdinan

Kordkuy, Torkman and Bandaragaz (Golestan)

Azim Gol

Sarvestan (Fars)

Zeynolabedin Tahmasebi Sarvestani

Koleybar (Ardebil)

Qoliollah Qolizadeh

Ardakan (Yazd)

Mohammad-Reza Tabesh

Jahrom (Fars)

Mohammad-Ali Sadaie Jahromi

Behshahr (Mazandaran)

Ali-Asghar Rahmani

Langarud (Gilan)

Mahmoud Akhavan Bazardeh

Bam (Kerman)

Hatam Narouie

Sabzevar (Khorassan)

Hassan Seyed Abadi

Sanandaj (Kordestan)

Bahaoddin Adab

Mamasani (Ardebil)

Ebrahim Amini

Firouzabad (Fars)

Sohrab Bohluli Qashqaie

Ferdows and Tabas (Khorassan)

Mashallah Shakibi

Kahnouj (Kerman)

Mokhtar Vaziri

Nahavand (Hamedan)

Mohammad-Reza Alihusseini Abbasi

Ahar and Haris (E. Azarbaijan)

Qasem Memari

Bonab (E. Azarbaijan)

Rasul Sediqi

Sarab (E. Azarbaijan)

Hussein Anvari

Mianeh (E. Azarbaijan)

Hussein Hashemi

Bostanabad (E. Azarbaijan)

Taher Aqa Barzegar Tikmadash

Malekan (E. Azarbaijan)

Salman Khodadadi

Maragheh (E. Azarbaijan)

Mostafa Seyed Hashemi

Rasht (Gilan)

Mohammad-Baqer Nowbakht Haqiqi Mowdabpour

Garmi (Ardebil)

Mirqesmat Mousavi Asl

Parsabad, Bilesawar Moghan

(Ardebil)

Hassan Almasi

Kermanshah (Kermanshah)

Esmail Tatari

Abbasali Allahyari

Khomein (Central)

Amrollah Mousavi

Mohammad-Ali Qoreyshi

Amir Hussein Ghaffari

Assadollah Ahmadinejad

Damavand, Firouzkuh (Tehran)

Khanzadi

Ahmad Rasulinejad

Gholam-Reza Khodadadi

Hussein Husseini

Bahar, Kabudarahang (Hamedan)

Reza Talaienik

Kerman, Ravar (Kerman)

Hassan Khoshru

Hussein Marashi

Jiroft (Kerman)

Mohammad Farokhi

Sirjan, Bardsir (Kerman)

Mohammad Hashemi

Shahr-e Babak (Kerman)

Mansoor Soleymani Meymandi

Zarand (Kerman)

Hussein Amiri Khanmakani

Hashtrud (E. Azarbaijan)

Mohammad Shahi Arablu

Zanjan, Tarom (Zanjan)

Afzal Mousavi

Abolfazl Shakuri

Fooman (Gilan)

Rasool Jamaati Malvani

Babol (Mazandaran)

Mohsen Nariman

Husseinali Qasemzadeh

Tonekabon, Ramsar (Mazandaran)

Fakhroddin Saberi

Nowshahr, Chalus (Mazandaran)

Anushiravan Mohseni Bandpey

Qaen (Central)

Musa Qorbani

Dashti, Tangestan (Bushehr)

Mohammad-Mahdi Purnazemi

Neyriz, Estahban (Isfahan)

Mohammad Saqaie

Saravan (Sistan and Baluchestan)

Gholam-mohammad Jahandideh

Damghan (Semnan)

Hassan Sobhani

Ardakan (Yazd)

Gol-Mohammad Salehi

Boeenzahra (Qazvin)

Qodratollah Alikhani

Lar (Fars)

Mansoor Kashfi

Aliabad Katul (Gilan)

Mohammad-Sadeq Sadeqi

Dashtestan Javanshir Kadkhodapour

Chabahar (Sistanand Baluchestan)

Abdolghafur Iran-Nejad

Sirjan, Bardsir (Kerman)

Mohammad Hashemi

Qom (Qom)

Mohammad-Reza Esmaili

Mohammad Mirmohammadi

Ali Yasrebi

Tabriz (E. Azarbaijan)

Akbar Alami

Esmail Jabbarzadeh

Firuzabad (Fars)

Sohrab Bohluli Qashqaie

Lengeh (Hormuzgan)

Abdullah Husseini

Minab, Rudan, Jask (Hormuzgan)

Ali Zolqadr

Ilam, Mehran, Shirvan Charadvol

Abdolreza Heydarizadeh

Eyvan (Ilam)

Ali Yari

Varzqan, Kharvana (E. Azarbaijan)

Ali Akbarzadeh

Varamin (Tehran)

Hussein Nushabadi

Khalkhal (Ardebil)

Keykavoos Khaknejad

Lordegan (Charmahal-Bakhtiyari)

Gol-mohammad Salehi

Darab (Fars)

Mohammad-Javad Etaat

Mahalat, Delijan (Central)

Ali-Asghar Hadizadeh

Tafresh, Ashtian (Central)

Bahman Akhavan

Sarband (Central)

Qasem Azizi

Gachsaran (Kohkilouyeh-Boyerahmad)

Bahram Tajgardun

Meanwhile, in a number of constituencies runoff elections will be held since
the candidates have failed to get the required one-fourth of the votes.

Those constituencies include, Qorveh (Kordestan), Nahbandan, Bojnourd,
Sarbisheh, Fariman and Sarakhs (Khorassan), Saqez and Baneh (Kordestan),
Dayer and Kangan (Bushehr), Miandowab, Shahindej and Takab, Khoy and Maku and
Chaldoran (West Azarbaijan), Shabestar (East Azarbaijan), Samirom and
Barkharmimeh (Isfahan), Meshkinshahr and Meshgin (Ardebil), Boroujen
(Charmahal- Bakhtiyari), Minoudasht (Golestan), Marand and Jolfa (East
Azarbaijan), Zabol (Sistan and Baluchestan), Paveh and Javanrud (Kermanshah),
Abadeh (Fars), Dezful (Khuzestan) Sari and Qaemshahr (Mazandaran),
Khorramabad (Lorestan), Lahijan (Gilan), Ramian and Azadshahr, Razan (Fars)
and Kangavar (Kermanshah).



End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 19 Feb 2000 to 20 Feb 2000 - Special issue