Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf, who has emerged as the main conservative candidate in Iran's Presidential race, is now set to debate Rafsanjani. I haven't followed Qalibaf that closely, though Praktike notes changes in his attire. According to RFE-RL, he was one of the IRGC commanders who threatened to take matters into their own hands if Khatami did not act to quell the 1999 student protests. If voters came to perceive a two-man race between Qalibaf and Rafsanjani, my money would be on Rafsanjani despite his shockingly bad showing in the Parliamentary elections.