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[Published: Monday February 09 2009]

Iran's Khatami to run for office

Teheran, 09 Feb-(ANA)-Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has ended months of speculation by announcing that he will run in June's presidential election.

Mr Khatami was president of Iran from 1997-2005 and was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative.

"I will seriously take part as a candidate for the election," he told a meeting of a pro-reform group.

In January, a close aide to Mr Ahmadinejad said the incumbent would, as expected, stand for re-election.

Mr Khatami urged a free election, saying the fate of the Islamic Revolution was at stake. (ANA)

FA/ANA/09 February 2009---


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