Main Contenders in Iran Parliament Race

By The Associated Press

A look at the main groups and candidates in Iran's parliamentary election Friday:


_Coalition For Iran: More than 200 candidates, some current parliament members. Running under famous slogan "Iran for all Iranians" used in reformers' landslide victory in 2000 parliament races.

_Jamileh Kadivar: Wife of leading reformer Attaollah Mohajerani. Founder of Rosa, an association of women journalists. Entered parliament in 2000.

_Soheila Jelodarzadeh: Two-term parliament deputy. Backed by labor unions.


_Mehdi Karrubi: Islamic cleric, speaker of parliament. First elected in 1988. Close ally of late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of 1979 Islamic Revolution.

_Majid Ansari: Islamic cleric. Member of parliament and Expert Assembly, whose main task is selecting supreme leader. Has been in parliament since revolution.

_Mahmoud Doai: Islamic cleric, part of Khomeini's inner circle. In parliament since revolution. Head of country's oldest newspaper, Iran Etelaat.


- Abadgaran Iran-e-Islami, or Developers of Islamic Iran: Hard-line coalition. Leader Gholamali Haddadadel is parliament member and relative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Has tries to soften image with promises of economic progress.

- Saeed Abutaleb: Teacher with links to state broadcaster IRIB. Detained in Iraq for four months by American troops on suspicion of espionage. Iran claims he journalist covering war aftermath.

- Abbasali Akhtari: Islamic cleric, Khamenei ally. Friday prayer leader in Semnan, east of Tehran. Educated in seminaries in conservative strongholds Qom and Mashhad.

- Ahmad Tavakkoli: Economics professor. Lost presidential races to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in 1993 and Mohammad Khatami in 2001.

- Gholamali Haddadadel: Head of Abadgaran coalition, professor of physics and philosophy. Daughter married to Khamenei's son.

- Hossein Sheikholeslam: Former ambassador to Syria. Educated at University of California-Berkeley. Joined students who took over U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days after fall of monarchy in 1979. Served as deputy foreign minister during '80s and early '90s.