Iranian reformer summoned for new run at presidency

Reemergence of an erstwhile reformer in a country resistant to reform adds an interesting note to the centrally choreographed politics of Iran. Reports that former President Mohammad Khatami might run again for the Islamic Republic’s highest elected office raise a host of questions. Prime among them: What can this mean? Khatami served two terms as president during 1997-2005 and could not, under the constitution, seek a sequential third. A wave of popularity carried Khatami into office in his first term. Despite support from Iran’s clerical rulers for his conservative opponent, Khatami won 70% of the votes in an election notable for heavy turnout. Iranians, oppressed by the theocracy based...

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