Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami said he would run in the June presidential election if ex-premier Mir Hossein Mousavi does not stand, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.
"As Mousavi has not yet reached a decision ... if he does not run for any reason, I should ... stand although I am aware of the problems on this path," Khatami said, quoted by the student news agency.
Khatami said he still preferred Mousavi to run but added that prolonging a decision to stand in the elections "does not benefit anyone and creates anxiety in society."
"The current situation, I believe, should definitely improve, with all due respect for the officials," he said of the administration of his successor, incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Khatami was president 1997 to 2005, while Mousavi was prime minister from 1981 to 1989, under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's presidency, who is now the Islamic republic's supreme leader.
Ahmadinejad, who has already secured the support of Khamenei, is to run for a second four-year term, his media advisor, Ali Akbar Javanfekr said on Wednesday.
Former parliament speaker Mehdi Karoubi has said he will stand in the polls.
AgenciesLast Mod: 01 Şubat 2009, 18:19