Khatami will contest Iranian presidential election

09 February 2009
Mohammad Khatami, who served two terms as president of Iran between 1997 and 2005, has confirmed that he will stand in this June's presidential election where he is likely to face the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Speaking at a meeting of reform-minded politicians on 8 February, Khatami said, "I will seriously take part as a candidate for the election."

Supporters had pushed for Khatami to announce his candidature for months. He is widely regarded as the pro-reform politician most capable of beating Ahmadinejad.

"I never had doubts. Is it possible to remain indifferent toward the fate of the revolution and shy away from running in the elections?" Khatami said.

Ahmadinejad has yet to announce whether he will stand in the election, which will be held on 12 June.

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