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Iranian reformists not to announce candidates for parliamentary elections: ex-president

12-20-2011 08:26 BJT

TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami said Monday that reformists will not announce their candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections, local ILNA news agency reported.

"It was expected the conditions to be provided (by the government) so that the reformists could participate in the elections, but the conditions were not met," Khatami was quoted as saying.

"The reformists cannot and should not have any candidates for the (elections) ... but it does not mean the boycott of the elections," he told the reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony.

Earlier Khatami said that reformists could only participate in the elections if all their political prisoners were freed and the elections were held with utmost transparency.

On Monday, Mohammad Mousavi-Khoeiniha, the reformist cleric and the secretary general of the Association of Combatant Clerics, also said that reformists have decided not to release the list of candidates for the elections slated for March 12, 2012, according to local Mehr news agency.

Earlier this month, Ali Mohammad Gharibani, the head of Iran's Coordination Council of the Reformist Front, said that the front will not endorse any candidates for the elections, according to ILNA.

Iran's Guardian Council, the highest legislative body, has said that individuals who are linked to the protests after the 2009 elections will not be eligible to run for parliament seats.

Protests gripped Tehran and other Iranian cities after the June 12, 2009 presidential elections amid claims that the vote had been rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's state media said the death toll from the violence during the protests totaled about 30 and more than 1,000 protesters and dozens of reformist activists were arrested, most of whom the authorities said were later released.

The two reformist candidates for presidency, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, have been under house arrest.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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