Iran's Khatami says will run in June president vote

Former President Khatami said on Sunday he would run for the presidency again in the June election.

Iran's Khatami says will run in June president vote
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.

"Here I am announcing that I will seriously take part as a candidate for the election," Khatami told a meeting of a pro- reform political group.

People at the gathering clapped when they heard his statement.

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

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered a new U.S. approach to engage Iran.

Iranian presidents can serve two consecutive four-year terms but must then step down. They can run again at a later date.


Reuters
Last Mod: 09 Şubat 2009, 07:56
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