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final results for TEHRAN out
tehran, oct. 25, irna -- the head of the elections headquarters of
tehran province, ebrahim rezaie babadi, here sunday noon announced
the final results for tehran constituency for the third term of the
experts assembly elections which were held nationwide on friday.
according to babadi, the following 16 candidates have been
elected to the 86-member assembly based on the total of 2,800,267
ballots cast, out of which 160,358 were discarded including 85,047
blank ballots.
akbar hashemi rafsanjani 1,682,882
ali akbar feiz (meshkini) 1,240,524
mohammad mohammadi reyshahri 1,212,249
mohammad aqa emami kashani 1,179,566
mohammad yazdi 1,124,620
ahmad janati 1,047,232
mohammad reza tavasoli 931,845
taqi mesbah yazdi 889,065
qorbanali dori najafabadi 882,672
majid ansari 835,037
mohsen aqa mir-mohammad ali 765,802
aqa baqer asadi khansari 764,633
mohammad mohammadi gilani 693,173
reza ostadi moqadam 636,651
mohsen qom 633,774
gholamreza rezvani 606,735

according to the governor general of mazandaran constituency, ali
asadi, of total 912,927 ballots cast in 1,842 polling stations in
15 towns and 23 districts of this northern province, the following
candidates have secured the majority of votes.
seyed saber jabbari, 529,841
mohammad sadegh ardeshir larijani, 463,587
seyed ja'far karimi div-kolayee, 427,437
hadi rowhani rad, 425,624


head of the sistan-baluchestan elections headquarters, seyed
mohammad khosravi told irna today that out of 385,528 ballots cast in
seven provincial constituencies the following candidates secured the
majority of votes;
seyed mojtaba hussein, 261,441 and mohammad eshaq madani kown as
molavi eshaq madani, 219,059.


the statement put the total number of votes cast in the fars
province constituency at 1,131,740.
of the total votes cast, 913,559 votes went to ali asghar
dastgheyb, 805,262 to ali-mohammad dastgheyb, 564,786 to ahmad
beheshti, 416,875 to majd hossein hosseini and 408,159 to assadollah


in related news from bushehr, head of the provincial elections
headquarter ali reyshahri said on saturday that 160,677 out of 227,100
votes cast in the province, were obtained by abdolnabi namazi.
reyshahri said that 49,554 votes out of the total also went
to mohammad-mehdi shabzendehdar.
bushehr has a population of 759,352 people. some 49.07
percent of 462,769 eligible voters took part in the lection.
namazi served as majlis deputy from bushehr in the second
term of majlis.


head of the the board of monitoring the third experts assembly
elections in kerman province ali panjalizadeh said that hojatoleslam
seyed ahmad khatami, hojatoleslam sheikh mohammad hashemian and
ayatollah movahedi kermani topped list for securing 448,409, 440,128
and 388,370 votes in their favor respectively.
panjalizadeh said the group had won overwhelming majority of
votes with respect to other four candidates.
he said the group followed by hojatoleslam mohammad bahrami with
244,946 votes, hojatoleslam mohammad-ali khazaeli with 180,155
votes, hojatoleslam gholamreza mesbahi moqaddam with 71,881 votes
and hojatoleslam abolqassem vafi with 48,652 votes.
he added that 17,908 out of the total number of votes cast were
related news from tehran indicates that 273,758 out of 466,497
votes cast in lorestan province were in seyed hassan taheri
khorramabadi's favor, followed by seyed mohammad naqi shahrokhi with
190,647 votes.


governor of lorestan province's constituency mohammad baharvand
said in khorramabad (lorestan province) on saturday that seyed hassan
taheri khorramabadi and seyed naqi shahrokhi managed to get majority
of votes to enter the assembly.
baharvandi said that ahmad mobaleghi (moraveji) with 166,105
votes, abbasali sadeqi qahareh with 140,413 votes and mohammad
hossein ahmadi faqih yazdi with 27,470 votes followed the list.


meanwhile, seyed keramatollah malekhosseini managed to win 143,857
out of 217,793 votes in kohkilouyeh-boyerahmad to find his way to
experts assembly.


in isfahan, ayatollah seyed mehdi yasrebi topped the list of
candidates for winning 699,007 out of 1,095,590 votes, followed by
ayatollah mirza hossein mazaheri tehrani with 669,595 votes, ayatollah
seyed esmaeel hashemi with 568,231 votes, ayatollah morteza moqtadaie
with 564,760 votes and hojatoleslam abolhassan mahdavi with 517,857
votes. all the group found their way to the experts assembly.

entries from hamedan:

ahmad saberi hamedani, 293,757 votes;
abolhassan dabestani, 278,089 votes;
total number of votes cast, 478,483.

entries from khorasan:

mehdi ebadi, 1,589,691 votes;
abolqassem khazali, 1,263,233 votes;
mahmoud hashemi shahroudi, 1,202,181 votes;
ali-asghar masoomi, 1,198,393 votes;
esmail ferdowsi-pour, 1,147,554;
habibollah mehman-navaz, 1,118,593 votes;
abbas vaez tabasi, 1,084,036 votes;
hassan alemi, 1,041,415 votes;
total votes cast, 2,065,306.

entries from west azarbaijan:

mir ali akbar qoraishi, 405,672 votes;
mir akbar ghaffari qarabagh, 348,464 votes;
mohsen pour mir ghaffari, 280,822 votes;
total votes cast, 645,914.

entries from qazvin:

hassan mousavi-pour, 167,852 votes;
ali sheikh mohammadi, 148,644;
total number of votes cast, 324,008.

entries from gilan:

mokhtar aminian, 375,829 votes;
abbas mahfouzi, 374,476 votes;
zein-al-abedin qorbani, 344,404 votes;
mohammad ali taskhiri, 287,268 votes;
total number of votes cast, 645,347.

entries from hormuzgan:

mirza mohammad anvari, 226,787 votes;
total number of votes cast, 306,779.

entries from east azarbijan:

mohsen mojtahed shabestari, 568,976;
mir abolfazl seyed reihani, 391,350;
hashem hashem-zadeh harisi, 379,045;
ali ahmadi mianji, 361,304;
ali orumian, 355,248;
total number of votes cast, 819,971.

51 percent voted in 12 provinces, kurdestan results announced
tehran, oct. 24, irna -- results for experts assembly elections in
12 provinces show that over 51 percent of eligible voters
participated in the balloting of friday.
officials at the elections headquarters of the interior ministry
told irna on saturday that results of ballot counting in 12 provinces
show that 51.5 percent of the eligible voters participated in
yesterday's elections.
according to the headquarters, out of the total population of
60,643,880 in the country, 38,550,597 are eligible to vote.
meanwhile, results of the ballot counting in kurdestan province
indicated that mohammad shiekholeslami with 161,799 votes and
abdolqader zahedi with 156,161 votes were elected to the assembly of
a total of 344,212 votes were cast in kurdestan province which
has a population of 1,380,953.
the following is the percentage points of votes cast as well as
the population and the number of eligible voters in 12 provinces:

province %of votes population eligible voters
ardebil 44.14 1,174,606 731,245
ilam 59.9 500,585 290,310
bushehr 49.07 759,352 462,799
chaharmahal/ 49.71 764,820 464,859
zanjan 48.13 911,304 568,806
semnan 63.54 508,642 339,154
qom 58.54 817,100 507,128
kurdestan 41.65 1,380,953 826,477
kermanshah 46.75 1,827,901 1,130,079
golestan 64.55 1,450,642 881,997
central 47.27 1,225,884 804,133
yazd 59.89 741,483 480,968



Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 19:29:02 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: U.S.-Israeli Intel Cooperation at Heart of Washington Accords

Global Intelligence Update
Red Alert
October 26, 1998

U.S.-Israeli Intel Cooperation at Heart of Washington Accords

On October 5, 1998, the Global Intelligence Update contained the
following: "Israel cannot decide between the Rabin or the Netanyahu
courses of action, and is therefore following both poorly. In a sense,
either strategy works, where a compromise between the two is the worst
strategy of all." On October 23, 1998, Israel and Palestine reached what
will be known as the Washington Accords, confirming this analysis.
Netanyahu, in essence, endorsed the Oslo Accords while making it clear
that he did not intend to follow their logic. He was accompanied by
Ariel Sharon, who simultaneously praised the accords while
refusing to commit himself to voting for them. A dying King Hussein of
Jordan looked on benignly while Yasir Arafat signed the agreement. Arafat
then left the meetings declaring that a Palestinian state, an idea
loathed even more by Hussein than Sharon, would be declared very shortly.
And the CIA found itself in the strange position of having to guarantee
Yasir Arafat's behavior to the Israelis. It was a strange culmination to
nine days of theatrics.

To begin with, the Washington Accords are the Oslo Accords
resurrected. Let there be no mistake about that. The Palestinian National
Authority will now be given control over a total of about 40 percent of
the West Bank, while Israel will retain control over the Jordan River
line and key security infrastructure, transport, and communications
links. Beyond that, as with Oslo, nothing is clear. The Palestinians see
this as culminating in a Palestinian state, while the Israelis merely see
the possibility of further transfers of control, depending on Israeli
evaluation of Palestinian behavior. Some of the specifics have changed,
but the general principle of Oslo has
been affirmed: Israel is prepared to transfer land to PNA control if the
Palestinians are prepared to commit themselves to fighting against
Palestinian terrorism within Israel proper. As with Oslo, everyone is
free to interpret the rest as they wish.

There is only one truly important distinction. Netanyahu and Sharon
negotiated this agreement rather then by Rabin and Peres. That makes a
great deal of difference. Rabin and Peres fell for two reasons. First,
and this is particularly true of Peres, their public presentation of the
Oslo Accords was too sweeping and too hopeful for the Israeli public.
Peres' enthusiasm for Oslo carried him away, finding him admitting things
and semi-officially that frightened the badly divided Israeli public.
Because of the sense that Peres had an inferior grasp of Israeli security
needs, Israeli Oslo-anxiety increased exponentially as time went on.
Once Rabin was assassinated, deep concerns about Peres' ability to
protect Israeli interests defeated him. The elections were less about
Oslo than about Peres' ability to police Oslo.

Two men who cannot be accused of indifference to security issues
negotiated these accords. The very presence of Sharon at the table
reassures the majority of the Israeli right. Moreover, as bitter as it
is, the Israeli left cannot help but endorse the settlement. Thus, the
first polls taken in Israel after the announcement of the agreement show
that about three-quarters of the Israeli electorate endorse the accords.
It is difficult to imagine an evolution in which Netanyahu will not be
able to either hold his cabinet together or, if needed, hold an election
in which a pro-settlement coalition will not emerge.

The condition on the Palestinian side is similar to that after the Oslo
Accords. There is a deep sense of unease at what Arafat brought back. The
accord promises increased power for Arafat's political apparatus,
including an opportunity for a devastating crackdown on his Palestinian
opponents. This is something Arafat wants to do and needs to do anyway.
Now he can do it under the cover of the Washington Accords. Arafat has
apparently already initiated actions by his intelligence and security
apparatus, who assaulted a headquarters of the Fatah faction within hours
of the signing. In follow-on demonstrations, a Palestinian youth was
badly wounded by gunfire from Palestinian National Authority security

Arafat has seen his authority vigorously attacked by Palestinian factions
who see him as a puppet in Israeli hands. After Oslo, they accused him of
both selling out the Palestinian vision of an independent state and
abandoning the struggle for the liberation of Palestine proper. He used
his security apparatus fairly ruthlessly to maintain his power and was
actually weakened when
Netanyahu's rejection of Oslo forced him to limit his suppression of
opponents. It is therefore not accidental that Arafat immediately claimed
that the accords pave the way very quickly to a Palestinian state. By
making this assertion, Arafat plausibly reclaims the mantle of
Palestinian nationalism, portraying his critics as maximalists who would
undermine the triumph that was
near at hand. Thus, the accords both require and free Arafat to crack
down on Hamas and the rest of his opponents.

>From the Israeli side, this was the heart of the agreement. Control over
land on the West Bank is meaningless. The Israelis would just as soon be
rid of security responsibilities in the region so long as they retain
strategic control of the area. The Israelis were trading a trivial matter
for a matter of grave importance: anti-terrorist cooperation. On the
other hand, Arafat was being forced to do what he badly wanted to do
So we have a situation in which the Israelis have given away control over
territory they neither need nor want. In exchange, Arafat has agreed to
do something that Arafat wants to do anyway. Why in the world did this
take nine days to negotiate.

As always, there was a deeper issue: the United States. As we said on
October 5, Israel has national security responsibilities that outstrip
its industrial plant. It must have an outside source of military
hardware in order to implement its national strategy. This supplier has
varied over time but since 1967 it has been the United States. Israel is
constantly trying to increase U.S. dependency on Israel in order to
strengthen Israeli
access to U.S. weaponry. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. strategic
dependence on Israel has declined as U.S. strategic exposure has
declined. Israel has felt extremely exposed during this period.

Since objective U.S. dependency on Israel has declined, Israel has tried
to increase subjective dependency. It has tried hard to convince the
United States that it has a fundamental interest in a stable Middle East.
In fact, everyone in the region has worked very hard to convince the
United States that it should care what happens in the region. This has
been difficult to do, since, in fact, the future of the region is not
really all that important to the United States. But old habits die hard.
The Cold War era interest in the region has remained in place.
Everyone, but particularly the Israelis, have tried to harden this mild
sentiment into firm policy. Israel has been helped by Bill Clinton's

Clinton does have a political interest in a Middle East settlement,
simply in the sense that he needs every foreign policy triumph he can get
prior to the elections and impeachment hearings. Netanyahu, Arafat,
Hussein, and everyone not in attendance, such as Mubarak and Assad, used
Clinton's strong interest to generate a U.S. national interest. An
Israeli-Palestinian agreement could have happened in hours. Getting the
United States to guarantee the agreements took nine days. It was nine
days in which Netanyahu worked very hard to convince the Americans that
he didn't want an agreement.

For Netanyahu it was important to behave as if making this
agreement were a major concession, not only to the Palestinians, but to
the United States as well. Since the territorial concessions being made
were of little consequence, and Netanyahu could not claim major political
exposure at home, it was extremely important to make the case that the
settlement posed a major threat to Israel. Hence the emphasis on
Arafat's willingness to control extremists. However, since Arafat was
quite happy to crack down, Netanyahu badly needed another angle. The
solution was easy: how could Netanyahu trust Arafat's commitment to
controlling terrorism, given his record? This became the key "stumbling

Netanyahyu, of course, knew the answer to his own question: Arafat's own
political interests dictated a crackdown on Hamas and the others. But
Netanyahu carefully posed the question in such a way that it could not be
solved simply within the Israeli-Palestinian context. Enter the United
States as guarantor of the agreement, in the same sense that U.S. forces
in the Sinai guarantee the Camp David accords, but with a wildly
different twist. The Israelis charge that Arafat's intelligence people
know about terrorist attacks on Israel and do nothing about them. Arafat
denies this. There is one party that knows precisely what Arafat knows,
because it overhears all of his telephone conversations, reads his faxes
and email, and has penetrated his organization -- the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency or, more precisely, the U.S. intelligence community
including the NSA, NRO, DIA and everyone else.

Netanyahu maneuvered the talks so that it was the United States who
really wanted an agreement. It then followed that if the United States
wanted a settlement, it would have to be willing to police it by using
the Central Intelligence Agency to guarantee the cooperation of the
Palestinians. This of course raised an interesting question. If the CIA
pretty much knows everything the Palestinians know, a prerequisite
assumption for this deal to work, why didn't the CIA pass information on
to the Israelis directly, warning them of action. Better still, why
doesn't the CIA do something about terrorist actions. And that takes us
to the heart of the matter.

Israel is badly in need of U.S. intelligence cooperation. Just as its
national security apparatus is outstripped by its national security
requirements, so too its intelligence apparatus is outstripped by its
intelligence requirements. Israeli-U.S. intelligence cooperation has been
strained over the years by events like the Pollard affair, by
strengthening U.S. ties with Arab leaders like Arafat, and a general
divergence of Israeli-U.S. interests. It is clear that Israel feels that
the CIA has
sufficiently penetrated the Palestinians that it knows not only what
actions are planned, but also knows what Arafat knows. It is also clear
that Israel feels that the United States has not passed this information
on to Mossad in a timely fashion. By claiming that it could not rely on
Arafat's own intelligence sharing with Israel, or on the PNA's
willingness to protect Israel from terrorists, Netanyahu maneuvered the
United States into an intelligence sharing agreement guaranteed by an
international agreement. Not bad for nine days of meetings!

>From Netanyahu's perspective, the key was to be placed in a position in
which his agreements with Arafat were seen by the United States as an
Israeli concession to the Americans. Once that happened, everything
followed naturally. The least the United States could do in return was to
guarantee Palestinian compliance with the agreements. The only way for
that to work was an enhanced intelligence sharing regime. Not
surprisingly or incidentally, part of the price Israel asked for its
agreement was the release of Jonathan Pollard from a U.S. prison and of
an Israeli intelligence agent being held by the Egyptians. The heart of
the Washington accords was a reconciliation between the American and
Israeli intelligence communities. What could be more natural than to
have one of the major bones of contention dividing the two countries
dealt with. In fact, Netanyahu thought he had an agreement in place with
Clinton. He may have had. But in the light of day, Clinton realized that
the outright release of Pollard would not only have grave political
consequences in the United States, but should be used as a stick to
guarantee Netanyahu's own behavior in the coming weeks.

The essence of the Washington Accords, therefore, has less to do with
land or with Arafat's commitment to anti-terrorist actions than it has to
do with U.S.-Israeli intelligence cooperation. That is what the Israelis
really brought away from these meetings, and it is an important prize
indeed. With U.S. guarantees of monitoring Arafat's compliance, Israel is
in a position to access U.S. intelligence sources and methods in the
region as it has not had in many years, perhaps since the Pollard fiasco

The United States has come out of these talks with a massive burden. An
intelligence failure on the part of the United States, and such failures
are inevitable, will now allow the Israelis to cast the Americans as
colluding with the Palestinians, whose intelligence is also subject to
breakdown. Each terrorist bombing in Jerusalem will now become a bill the
Israelis can present to the Americans. The U.S. will be constantly
trying to prove its good will to the Israelis, as part of the Washington
Accords, a matter of obligation. In addition, Arafat is now publicly
labeled a CIA agent, as he publicly acknowledges that not only has the
CIA completely penetrated his apparatus, but that the Washington Accords
make his acquiescence to this regime a necessity.

So Israel leaves Washington with a major victory. But it is the type of
victory Israel has been winning for years without really solving its
fundamental problem. Israel remains dependent on the United States for
its strategic interests and the U.S. commitment to Israel is more
subjective than objective, more a matter of passing atmospherics than of
fundamental national interest.
Israel's ability to manipulate the United States for short-term gain does
not translate into a sound foreign policy. Israel needs Arafat to be
credible in the Arab world, but this agreement does not do that. Israel
needs a national security problem congruent with its capabilities but
this agreement does not bring Israel closer to it.

Like Oslo, Washington moved things forward without defining a solution.
Unlike Oslo, it rests on firm political ground in Israel, and therefore
will survive. But the Washington Accords have created a time-bomb in
U.S.-Israeli relations. Israel now has an intelligence sharing agreement
it can manipulate to its advantage. However, every manipulative act
increases the objective divergence of U.S.-Israeli interests and that is
the real danger embedded in these accords. The U.S. is now too deeply
involved in events no one can control. The possibilities of friction
between Israel and the United States are multiplied enormously by this
agreement. But that is at the heart of Israel's strategic dilemma.


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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:37:31 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran insists missile launch successful

TEHRAN, Oct 25 (AFP) - Iran insisted Sunday that the test launch
of its Shahab-3 missile last July was successful, contradicting
remarks by a French official that the programme is not yet
"The successful manufacture and test-firing of the Shahab-3
missile has created a defence and security balance in the Gulf
against outside forces," Iranian Defence Minister Admiral Ali
Shamkhani told the English-language daily Kayhan International.
But he said that Iran "at present has no need for" the
development of longer-range missiles, or Shahab-4.
"Our policy is to continue research and production of missiles
based on our needs, but at present there is no need for ballistic
missiles," the admiral said.
Shamkhani's remarks contradicted comments by French Defence
Minister Alain Richard that the Shahab-3 missile test-fired by Iran
had exploded in mid-air.
"The Shahab-3 missile is not yet operational. It exploded after
its launch," Richard told the UAE daily Al-Khaleej during a Gulf
tour on Sunday.
Shamkhani appeared unaware of his French counterpart's remarks.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:37:46 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: France says Iran's Shahab-3 missile "not yet operational"

DUBAI, Oct 25 (AFP) - Iran's Shahab-3 missile is not yet
operational and exploded a few seconds after its test launch in
July, French Defence Minister Alain Richard said here Sunday.
But in an interview also published Sunday, Iranian Defence
Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani insisted the test launch had been a
"The Shahab-3 missile is not yet operational. It exploded after
its launch," the French minister told the UAE daily Al-Khaleej.
"But we can expect successful tests and its deployment within a
few years," Richard said, adding that the missile was a threat to
peace and stability in the Gulf and the Middle East.
But in an interview with the Tehran English-language daily
Kayhan International, Shamkhani said: "The successful manufacture
and test-firing of the Shahab-3 missile has created a defence and
security balance in the Gulf against outside forces."
He insisted Iran "at present has no need for" the development of
longer-range missiles, or Shahab-4.
"Our policy is to continue research and production of missiles
based on our needs, but at present there is no need for ballistic
missiles," he said.
The programme "is basically defensive, aimed at removing tension
and geared towards regional defence integration," the Iranian
minister told the paper apparently unaware of his French
counterpart's comments.
When Iran tested the Shahab-3 in July, it said the missile was
designed and built entirely in Iran, but US officials have said it
was based on North Korean technology.
The launch, detected by a US spy satellite, sparked fears in
Israel and the United States. The missile is said to have a range of
1,300 kilometres (800 miles), enough to reach the Jewish state,
Iran's main regional rival.
To counter the perceived threat, Israel is currently developing
with the United States the Arrow-2 anti-missile missile.
The British weekly magazine specialising in defence matters,
Jane's, said Israel and the United States were also developing a
pilot-less reconnaisance plane, or drone, capable of bombing missile
launchers or radar stations.
Iran displayed some of its Shahab-3 missiles during a recent
military parade in Tehran but specialist defence publications have
cast doubts on whether they are yet operational.
"In July 1998, Iran flight-tested its medium-range ballistic
missile ... it is not clear if the test was successful," the
Military Balance newsletter said in its latest edition.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:37:56 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Syrian FM visits Iran

TEHRAN, Oct 25 (AFP) - Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara
arrived here Sunday with a message from President Hafez al-Assad for
his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami.
Shara, greeted at the airport by his Iranian counterpart Kamal
Kharazi, told reporters the message was related to Iranian efforts
to defuse tension between Syria and Turkey with Assad "thanking his
brother" for the mediation.
Turkey had threatened military action against Syria over
accusations it was assisting rebels from the Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK).
The Syrian official's visit also comes on the heel of a
US-brokered accord between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the United States on
Arafat undertook to clamp down on Palestinian groups supporting
continued armed resistance in return for a long-overdue further
Israeli pullback from the West Bank.
Iran, an ally of Syria, is fiercely opposed to the Middle East
peace process and supports Islamist opposition groups.
Iran's foreign ministry warned on Saturday that the Wye river
agreement is a "cause for much concern."


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:38:03 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran's conservative clerics maintain tight grip on power base

In, (AFP / Kianouche Dorranie) wrote:

TEHRAN, Oct 25 (AFP) - Conservative clerics have cemented their
grip on a key power base in Iran, winning an overwhelming majority
of seats in the new Assembly of Experts, according to final election
results Sunday.
Conservative candidates won at least 70 of the 86 seats in the
assembly, a religious body charged with appointing and in theory
dismissing the country's supreme leader, a position currently held
by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Parliamentary speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, leader of the
conservative faction, said Friday's election "proved the power and
stability of the Islamic system."
"The people's enthusiastic turnout in the poll showed their
intellectual and cultural maturity," he told parliament, the state
news agency IRNA reported.
About 19 million of the eligible voters took part, for an
officially estimated turnout of around 51 percent, while in the
capital Tehran, turnout was more modest with around three million of
the seven million electorate casting ballots.
Iran's leaders had appealed for a strong turnout in the face of
controversy over the disqualification of many leftleaning and
reformist candidates by the government election watchdog, the
Council of Guardians.
But the results appear to represent a shift in current political
alignments, with moderates and conservatives drawing closer to each
other to exclude radical leftwing politicians from power.
"The election showed that the young generation has strong ties
to the spiritual values of the revolution," wrote rightwing
conservative newspaper Resalat.
The cleric-controlled assembly is elected for an eight-year term
and Friday's poll was the third since the body was set up after the
1979 Islamic Revolution.
Prominent conservatives who won seats included judiciary chief
Mohammad Yazdi and Information Minister Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi.
Moderate candidates allied to former president Akbar Hasehmi
Rafsanjani managed to gain around 10 seats throughout the country.
Rafsanjani, himself a candidate, led the polls in Tehran, winning by
more than 1.7 million votes.
Moderate political group Servants for Reconstruction, close to
reformist President Mohammad Khatami and run by Tehran's now
suspended mayor Gholam Hossein Karbashi, presented a list of 56
candidates, nearly half of whom were also backed by the
The eligibility of potential candidates was approved on the
basis of their proven religious knowledge and revolutionary
credentials and most leftwingers were disqualified by the Council of
Guardians, with only a handful finding their way to the new
Among them were Mohammad Reza Tavassoli and Majid Ansara who won
two of the 16 seats in the capital.
Prominent leftwing cleric and former parliamentary speaker Medi
Karrubi has twice challenged the Council's secretary Ahmad Jannati
to explain its reasons for rejecting the leftwing candidates.
Jannati has refused, claiming the council is answerable only to
the supreme leader and warning that "this kind of public outcry will
have unfortunate consequences."
But IRNA said the Council of Guardians will accept any
"objections and complaints" about election prodecures until Friday
and that investigations would be conducted in secret.
Resalat newspaper warned however that now was not the time to
"fan factional disputes," saying the country had be united to
confront greater challenges.
"Now is the time to overcome problems of inflation, recession
and the astronomical budget deficit. For that we need peace and
stability and unity among various groups," it said.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:38:19 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian fishermen land big caviar catch

TEHRAN, Oct 25 (AFP) - Iranian fishermen landed a giant sturgeon
on Sunday that yielded around 24 kilos (53 pounds) of caviar worth
1,200 dollars, the official state news agency IRNA reported.
The fish, caught off the northern port city of Bandar Anzali,
weighed in at a hefty 360 kilograms (800 pounds) and measured three
metres (over nine feet), it said.
Iran is attempting to boost production of caviar, which has
dropped off to 130 tonnes from 160 tonnes in 1989 -- a decline
blamed on illegal fishing and oil pollution in the Caspian Sea.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:38:30 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian opposition disrupts Islamic institute opening in Netherlands

LEIDEN, Netherlands, Oct 20 (AFP) - About 200 Iranian regime
protestors disrupted the opening of an Islamic institute here on
Tuesday as they demonstrated against the presence of the daughter of
former Iranian leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Fatemeh Hashemi was due to deliver a speech at the inauguration
of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern
World (ISIM) in Leiden, in western Netherlands.
However, 200 members of the Iranian opposition in exile were
waiting for her when she arrived and Hashemi was forced to flee the
ceremony after she was hit by a protestor, the ANP news agency
"There are a lot of experts on Islam. They didn't have to invite
Mrs. Hashemi who represents the repressive regime in Teheran," a
demonstrator told the NOS public television station.
About 25 protestors entered the institute and overran the
opening ceremony. They climbed onto the podium, yanked the
microphone away from a speaker and screamed slogans against the
Iranian regime.
"These demonstrators have no idea of the aim of this institute,"
Professor Bruinessen of the ISIM said, adding that "the presence of
Mrs. Hashemi was not intended on our part as a political
The ISIM was set up by the Dutch culture and science ministry in
collaboration with the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht
with the aim of studying the political, economic, social and
cultural developments in the Islamic world.


Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:41:38 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran files protest with Dutch over opposition "sedition"

TEHRAN, Oct 25 (AFP) - The Dutch ambassador to Iran was summoned
to the foreign ministry here Sunday as Tehran lodged an official
protest over "seditious acts" by the Iranian opposition in the
Tehran demanded the arrest and punishment of opposition
protesters who disrupted the opening of an Islamic institute in the
Dutch city of Leiden on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency
Some 200 demonstrators disrupted the ceremony in protest at the
presence of the daughter of former Iranian leader Akbar Hashemi
Fatemeh Hashemi was due to deliver a speech at the inauguration
of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern
World (ISIM) in Leiden.
Hashemi was forced to flee after being hit, the Dutch ANP news
agency said, while two dozen demonstrators entered the institute,
grabbed a microphone and screamed slogans against the Iranian
The incident was "unjustifiable," a foreign ministry official
told IRNA, which added that Dutch authorities are investigating the


Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 21:18:57 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: Irna: interior ministry releases latest details of elections

interior ministry releases latest details of elections
tehran, oct. 25, irna -- the elections headquarters based at the interior
ministry announced here on sunday that 17,847,505 eligible voters took
part in the third experts assembly elections on friday, october 23.

the following shows the total number of each province's
population, eligible voters as well as the number and percentage of the

province population eligible voters no. of Voters pctg
east 3,335,058 2,250,028 925,900 %41.15
west 2,555,801 1,585,382 645,914 %40.74
ardebil 1,174,606 731,245 322,752 %44.14
isfahan 3,935,122 2,623,044 1,095,590 %41.77
ilam 500,585 290,310 173,877 %59.9
bushehr 759,352 462,799 227,100 %49.07
tehran 10,491,034 7,108,549 2,800,367 %39.39
chaharmaha l,764,820 464,859 231,066 %49.71
khorasan 5,919,337 3,748,608 2,065,306 %55.1
khuzestan 3,931,162 2,240,503 924,055 %41.24
zanjan 911,304 568,806 273,794 %48.13
semnan 508,642 339,154 215,504 %63.54
sistan- 1,694,464 900,881 385,528 %42.79
fars 3,873,756 2,422,957 1,131,740 %46.71
qazvin 979,795 617,920 324,008 %52.44
qom 817,100 507,128 296,875 %58.54
kordestan 1,380,953 826,477 344,212 %41.65
kerman 2,010,160 1,232,889 670,278 %54.37
kermanshah 1,827,901 1,130,079 528,277 %46.75
kohkiluyeh 562,488 314,479 217,793 %69.26
golestan 1,450,642 881,997 569,340 %64.55
gilan 2,251,880 1,566,207 645,347 %41.2
lorestan 1,612,116 974,899 466,497 %47.85
mazandaran 2,643,263 1,779,048 912,927 %51.32
central 1,225,884 804,133 380,148 %47.27
hormuzgan 1,101,913 626,780 306,144 %48.95
hamedan 1,683,259 1,070,468 478,483 %44.7
yazd 741,483 480,968 288,048 %59.89

the report puts the country's population at 60,643,880 and
the total number of eligible voters above the age of 15 at 38,550,597.

it says that 46.3 percent of the country's eligible voters had taken part
in the elections.

the following table also shows the date, the number of
candidates, the number of representatives, the eligible voters and the
total number of votes cast in the first through third terms of the
experts assembly elections:

term date no of no of no of total votes
candidates deputies eligible
1st 12-10-1981 146 83 23,277,871 18,140,985
2nd 10-08-1990 106 83 31,280,084 11,602,613
3rd 10-23-1998 164 86 38,550,597 17,847,505

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