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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-17-09 08:04 AM
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Reform Candidate Withdraws in Iran
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Source: NYT

TEHRAN Reversing a decision made five weeks ago, Mohammad Khatami, Irans reformist former president, has decided to withdraw from the June presidential race to support a political ally, the countrys semiofficial news agency reported Tuesday.
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Mr. Khatami told campaign staff members at a meeting on Sunday that he expected to drop out of the race, according to news reports, and a close aide, Saeed Leylaz, a political analyst and economist, said Monday that his withdrawal was certain, as did two other members of Mr. Khatamis campaign staff.

The Fars news agency on Tuesday quoted a statement from Mr. Khatami that said, I announce my withdrawal from candidacy.

He does not want to compete with Mir-Hussein Moussavi, said Mr. Leylaz, referring to a former prime minister who announced last week that he would run in the presidential election on June 12. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to seek re-election.

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