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Reformists in Iran split after Khatami’s warning of parliament elections boycott in 2020


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Reformists in Iran divided over the invitation of Iran’s reformist leader and former president Mohammad Khatami, who called on reformists to avoid getting away from the parliamentary elections at its eleventh session scheduled for January 2020.

The reformist movement split into three; a group opposed to participation in these elections for its disappointment with the events of this current any changes in Iranian political life even when it is present within government institutions, and another team believes in participation without restrictions or conditions.

But there is a team of reformists calling for participation conditional on the abolition of the voluntary supervision of the Guardian Council to consider the eligibility of candidates, and can accept or reject any candidate, and the second condition is free and fair elections, led by this trend reformist view Mostafa Tajzadeh.

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Khatami called on the reformists to participate in the meeting with the central consultative party of the Progressive Reform Party, a newly formed party, expressing his hope for the opening of the political climate in the country and the support of the Guardian Council for the eligibility of the candidates.

Khatami was president of Iran between 1997 and 2005 and led a reformist government. His rule saw attempts to open up to the West as well as internal reforms that conservatives fought hard.

Since 2009, Iranian authorities have banned Khatami from appearing or appearing in the audiovisual media because of his support for the Green Movement, which led mass protests against the Iranian regime in 2009, following the presidential election at the time when militant Ahmadi-Nejad ascended.

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