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Iran: Yazdi signs up for presidential election, calls for national reconciliation

Tehran, May 14, IRNA-Secretary-General of Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI) Ibrahim Yazdi on Saturday signed up for presidential election and said that national reconciliation is the only way to leave behind the current crisis in administrative affairs.

He said that national reconciliation calls for opening up the way for all the political parties to undertake responsibility in running the state affairs.

Yazdi told reporters at the Interior Ministry after the sign-up that FMI uses the occasion to put forward public expectations from the governing system adding that the public has extensive demand from the ruling system.

He welcomed freedom of political activist Abbas Abdi from prison and hoped that the Judiciary would release all the political prisoners including Qazian, Taqi Rahmani, Nasser Zarafshan, Alijani, Hoda Saber and other students too.

Yazdi said that his political party advocates a shift in the trend of state administration and falling in the path of democracy.

A reporter asked him whether the FMI has a model for democracy with introducing a country, he said that FMI believes in national brand of democracy and there is no need to introduce a country.

FMI had been the major political party in 1970s and a party organizing anti-Shah public strikes.

After culmination of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini assigned FMI to form a transitional government.

The then leader of FMI, Mehdi Bazargan, formed the government and Ibrahim Yazdi, the close aide of the late Imam Khomeini, undertook the portfolio of foreign ministry.

But, the FMI withdrew the scene after the radical elements emerging in the course of the Islamic Revolution poised to take over the administration.

They blamed FMI for adopting compromisory approach toward the US.

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