Tehran, May 28, IRNA-Former minister Mostafa Moin announced Saturday that he had overcome his 'heavy doubts' to run at the June 17 presidential election, pledging to take up the reform mantle and challenge the 'unconstitutional' powers of the Guardian Council.
The announcement puts a damper on his adversaries' hopes that his pullout from the race, which he considered at one point, could have put their victory beyond doubt.
Moin has already put himself on a collision course with the supervisory Guardian Council, which disqualified him from standing as president before lifting the ban only after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's advised it to reinstate him.
In a statement summing up his reasons to take part in the race, Moin accused the Guardian Council of practicing 'a policy of despising and relegating the Iranian citizens through wielding an approbatory supervision which violates the Constitution and the nation's sovereign rights'.
The former higher education minister at the Khatami administration stated that the practice was aimed at 'eliminating and shunning the country's intellectual elite'.
Moin pledged to 'take measures against the wholesale suspension of the press, the continued detention of political activists, the detention of webloggers and other press activists' if elected.
"I have come to announce to all Iranians inside and outside the government that I am extending my hand to all those who are ready to move on the path of reforms," he said.
Moin urged Iranians to repeat the May 23, 1997 epic in which more than 20 million voters turned out to give President Mohammad Khatami a resounding landslide.
That victory, he said, forced the US government to a policy shift, 'regretting (the 1953 CIA-engineered) coup against the nationalist and popular government of Dr. Mosaddeq and the United States' eight-year support for Saddam' in the former Iraqi regime's destructive war against Iran in the 1980s.
"Iran can be reborn again and reinforce itself from the ballot boxes, forcing the incumbent American president to retract his anti-Iranian label of the 'axis of evil'," Moin said.
President George W. Bush has lumped Iran into the axis along with Iraq under the regime of Saddam Hussein and North Korea.
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