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posted January 08, 2001 10:13     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TEHRAN, Jan 7 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami is unsure about running for a second term in June, one of his closest political allies said Sunday.

Parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karubi said the president is "hesitant to stand again, although I am sure we will be able to convince him," the state IRNA news agency reported.

Karubi also suggested that reformists could back former prime minister Mirhossein Mussavi if Khatami opts against seeking a second four-year term, the maximum allowed under the Iranian constitution.

He pointed out that a grouping of reformist and radical clerics had gotten Mussavi, prime minister from 1981-1989, to agree to run for president before Khatami announced his candidacy ahead of the 1997 election.

Khatami has gone public in recent weeks with frustration at his limited constitutional powers, after encountering fierce opposition to his reform programme from his conservative rivals.

The conservative-dominated courts last year closed down more than 25 mostly pro-reform newspapers and journals and arrested several leading journalists, editors, publishers and Khatami allies.

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posted February 15, 2001 09:41     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Youth say Khatami should end his silence, announce his candidacy

TEHRAN, Feb 14 (AFP) - Thousands of young people Wednesday called on reformist President Mohammad Khatami to break his silence and announce his candidacy for the June presidential elections, the official IRNA news agency reported. "Khatami, end your silence and announce your candidacy," the groups of young people chanted in Rafsanjan, a city in the southern Kerman province which the head of state is currently touring.

Khatami, who did not respond to the demand, said: "It is a great honour for me to be at the service of this generation of youth."

Elected with over 70 percent of the votes in May 1997, the popular president has yet to announce whether he will seek a second four-year term in office in the upcoming presidential elections.

During his speech to the gathering, Khatami also payed tribute to his influential conservative predecessor, Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.

"Rafsanjani is a great personality for Iran and Islam, because his presence and personality act as an identity card for our revolution," Khatami said.

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