Iranian Reformists Waiting for “Green Light” for Return to Political Stage

Mohammad Reza Tabesh, a former Interior Ministry official

Mohammad Reza Tabesh, a former Interior Ministry official, said the reformist parties in Iran are waiting for a “Green Light” for return to political stage.

“We expect the government to provide a means to show green lights.” Said Mohammad Reza Tabesh, former MP and nephew of Mohammad Khatami. “In today’s conditions of Iran, an unknown group is taking major decisions and they are not responsible for the outcomes of their activities.”

A few days ago Mohammad Reza Khatami, the former president of Islamic Republic of Iran, called for a “vigorous” political space for the upcoming presidential election. “To participate in the next election and to achieve a number of things we need to consider the conditions due to the past events happened in Iran.” Khatami said in a meeting with a group of students. “Changing the current political space is the first priority for us. If the government is looking for a passionate election, then they should reconsider on their policies.”

The previous presidential election in Iran was held on 12 June 2009. Ahmadinejad won the election with 62% of the votes cast, and that Mir-Hossein Mousavi (reformist nominee) received 34% of the votes cast. There were large irregularities in the results and people were surprised by them, which resulted in protests gathering millions of Iranians in every Iranian city and around the world. These demonstrations and protests resulted into banning the major reformist parties in Iran.

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