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Hope is Lost for Youth of Iran

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

While in Iran last month, my friends and I talked about the up and coming elections. 95% of them said they hoped Khatami would get back into power and they could relax a little and enjoy his more liberal stance on Iran youth issues.

Khatami pulls out of Iranian race

Mohammad Khatami at a meeting in Tehran, 3 February
It remains unclear who Mr Khatami will support in June's election

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has officially announced his withdrawal from the country's presidential election in June.

In a statement, he said he would pull out in order not to split the reformist vote. Two other pro-reform candidates are also in the running.

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

Mr Ahmadinejad is widely expected to stand for re-election.

I hope that that my friends and all Iranians choose a president that makes life easier for them..... :-(

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