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Iran's Khatami: It is hard for me to make a decision (to run for president)

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - Former President Mohammad Khatami stated on Wednesday that he is still undecided on running for president. "It has become a hard job for me to make a decision," Khatami said in a meeting with reformists who are trying to convince him to contest the upcoming presidential elections.

Khatami said even if there is a case of bipartisanship in the elections, it will be radically different from that of the 1997 presidential election.

"Even if the reformists have no candidate in the elections, it is not certain that the current presidency lasts for eight years," Khatami said, implying that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not have a strong chance for reelection.

He pointed to some surveys on the presidential elections, saying the overriding concern among people is holding a fair election.

He also emphasized, "If the elections are free and fair, and if I decide to take part in the elections, I have no concerns over the results and easily accept the people's votes to me no matter it is yes or no."

Meanwhile, a senior member of the Servants of Construction Party (SCP), Hossein Mar'ashi said he is sure that Khatami will run in the presidential elections.

"It is completely evident for us that he (Khatami) is preparing to run in the elections," Mar'ashi, the SCP spokesman, told Mehr News Agency on Wednesday.

He added Khatami will formally announce his candidacy whenever it is 'expedient'.

The presidential elections will be held on June 12 next year.

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