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Iranian Hard-Line Group Endorses Candidate

Presidential candidate Mahmud Ahmadinejad Washington, 21 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A statement from the Ansar-i Hizbullah in Isfahan has endorsed the candidacy of Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Radio Farda reported.

The hard-line group refers to the candidate's dedication to the values of the Basij and Hizbullah (yek Basiji-yi mokhles va Hizbullahi), and it says he will restore a Koranic order after securing the presidency.

The statement said girls will have to wear the proper hijab, access to improper websites will be blocked, West-struck (gharbzadeh) professors will be banned, and satellite receivers will be eliminated.

The statement added that Ahmadinejad will confront newspapers that are antireligious, secular, and that promote Western democracy. He will ban Western tourists who do not respect Islamic values, and he will act against antireligious films.

Finally, the Ansar-i Hizbullah statement said, as president, Ahmadinejad will punch in the mouth all those who advocate relations with the United States.

For RFE/RL's full coverage of Iran's elections, see "Iran Votes 2005"