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Iranian Reformer Says Khatami Could Ease Country's 'Crisis'

February 05, 2009

TEHRAN -- Former reformist Iranian parliamentarian Fatemeh Haghighatjou says the reelection of former President Mohammad Khatami could help "lessen the crisis" that the country has experienced in recent years.

But Haghighatjou said she is "worried" about Khatami running in the June presidential election because his failure to stand by his goals during his eight-year rule damaged reformist goals.

She said Khatami must "make it clear to what degree he would retreat and how strongly he will stand by his programs and to what degree he will remain committed to his promises."

Haghighatjou says Khatami -- who was president from 1997-2005 -- is more popular than current President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Khatami has not formally declared himself a candidate for president, but he is reportedly leaning toward standing for the post.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/Iranian_Reformer_Says_Khatami_Could_Ease_Countrys_Crisis/1380014.html

Copyright (c) 2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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