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Khatami to declare decision not to run for president: MNA

TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (Mehr News Agency) - Former reformist president Mohammad Khatami will officially announce his decision soon that he will not run in the next year's presidential election, the Mehr News Agency has learnt.

According to informed sources, Khatami has promised his close friends and allies that he will try to convince former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi to contest the elections.

Khatami has cited the former prime minister's "charismatic" character as the reasons to name him as the reformists' candidate.

Speculation over nominating Mousavi rose after Khatami announced on Wednesday that reformists will introduce an "adept and charismatic" figure for the 2009 elections.

Reformist had asked Mousavi to run in the 1998 and 2005 presidential elections but each time he refused by citing his own reasons.

Mousavi was prime minister during the 1980-1988 Iran Iraq war.

The post of prime minister was abolished after an amendment of the Constitution after the end of Iran-Iraq war.

... Payvand News - 10/18/08 ... --

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