Mohammad Khatami's (محمد خاتمی) running for president again!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Here's the article on BBC Persian just in case you know Persian, and in English here.

Former President Mohammad Khatami, who pushed for detente with the West when in office from 1997 to 2005, said on Sunday he would run for the presidency again in June's election.

The race will offer a stark choice for voters between Mr. Khatami and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose first four years in office have witnessed a sharp deterioration in ties with the West as tensions over Iran's nuclear work mounted.

“Here I am announcing that I will seriously take part as a candidate for the election,” Mr. Khatami said to applause at a meeting of a pro-reform political group.

“We should pay attention to having a free and legitimate election, and also secure a high turnout,” Mr. Khatami said.

It was pretty obvious for the past while that he was going to declare his candidacy again, but it's still fun to see it made official.


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