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04/16/09

Photos: Reformist Presidential Candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi Campaigns in Iran's Khouzestan Province

Report by Press TV; Photos by ISNA
 


Khorramshahr


Iranian Reformist figure Mir-Hossein Mousavi has revealed his campaign slogan amid a huge welcome by crowds south of the country.


The former prime minister who announced his candidacy last month was greeted by more than three thousand supporters in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, known for low turnouts in previous elections.

"I intend to run my campaign under the motto of A progressive Iran with law, justice and freedom," Mousavi said on Tuesday.
 


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Speaking to an audience of 10 thousand people crammed into Ahvaz's main mosque and the surrounding streets, Mousavi urged citizens to take part in the presidential elections schedule for June, 2009.

"If people want change, they should bring it about through free and fair elections," he said.

The 67-year-old architect and painter, who is currently the president of the Iranian Academy of Arts, explained all activities carried out by the government must be done according to the law.


Ahvaz

Mousavi is widely remembered for his policies in the 1980s, which led to the successful economic management of the eight-year war imposed on Iran by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Since his comeback, the politician has made the economy the centerpiece of his electoral agenda, criticizing Ahmadinejad and saying that the president's "mismanagement" has "jeopardized the country's interests."

The economy of Iran is dominated by oil and gas exports, constituting 70% of government revenue and 80% of export earnings as of 2008.


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The rapid crude drop, which sent prices from a record high of $147 in July to nearly above $50, has prompted analysts to question the country's oil dependant economy.

Iran's Central Bank in late 2008 called on the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to increase and diversify non-oil exports in a bid to ease the country's reliance on oil revenues.

Mousavi served as the country's last prime minister in 1981 until a constitutional amendment in 1989 removed the post, dividing the related responsibilities between the president and the first vice president.
 


Ahvaz


Mousavi, who also served as the country's foreign minister, refused to run in the 1997 elections which saw Mohammad Khatami emerge in a landslide victory.

The Reformist camp has been seeking to decide the best strategy for defeating Priniciplist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami, who was seen as the favorite to win the presidential elections, officially withdrew his candidacy for the Iranian presidential vote on March 17.


Khorramshahr


Reformist insiders say the decision was made after the camp decided to prevent the division of votes at any cost.

Reformist Mehdi Karroubi, the first to announce his bid for the June election, has announced that he will definitely not quit the presidential race.

After Khatami's withdrawal, some Karroubi supporters tried to persuade the former parliament speaker to follow suit.
 


Khorramshahr


No political figure from the Principlist camp has yet announced candidacy.

Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to run for a second term as an independent candidate.




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