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Powerful reformer to run against Iran's president

Powerful reformer to run against Iran's president

An influential former Iranian prime minister says he will run in the upcoming presidential election, posing what could be a serious pro-reform challenge to the hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Mir Hossein Mousavi is seen by many as a strong candidate in the June election because he was once a hard-liner and could siphon votes away from Ahmadinejad's base.
Mousavi, who was premiere during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, announced his intention to run Tuesday in a statement made available to The Associated Press.
But the reformist camp still must unify its ranks ahead of the election. Two other strong reformers are already in the race, former President Mohammad Khatami and former parliament speaker Mahdi Karroubi.


Updated : 2021-05-15 18:40 GMT+08:00