Mohammad Khatami: Reformists Parties are not same as Opposition Groups

Mohammad Khatami Reformists Parties are not same as Opposition Groups

The activities of all the reformists groups in Iran (except those supported by government) are deemed as “opposition” operations so the government and other powerful organizations ban the activities of these parties.

Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran and one of the leaders of Iranian reformists, believes this mind and type of thinking against reformists are not correct and government must accept them as a powerful and active part of Iran’s politic space.

“Despite all the pressures and discriminations between politic parties in Iran, reformists have improved their talents and capacities and they are ready to return to power.” Mohammad Khatami said referring to the upcoming presidential elections scheduled to be held on the next Persian year.

“I want to confess that none of the reformists’ parties are operating against Islamic Republic of Iran and they never support such movements to topple the current system.” Mohammad Khatami continued.

Khatami also commented on the current economic conditions in Iran. “I’m sure that the current situations will not continue that much. However we have some ideas and solutions to address the current problems and difficulties.”

He served as the fifth President of Iran from August 2, 1997 to August 3, 2005. Khatami also served as Iran’s Minister of Culture in both the 1980s and 1990s. He is currently one of the leaders of the Iranian Green Movement, and an outspoken critic of the President Ahmadinejad’s government.

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