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Iran: Mousavi officially announces presidential candidacy

SOURCE: Mehr News Agency

In a statement issued on Tuesday, former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi officially announced his candidacy for the June presidential election. The announcement came one day after the former prime minister said he was "serious" about running for president.

Mousavi, who served as prime minister from 1981 to 1989, refused to run for president in 1997 and 2005 after much speculation about his potential candidacy during those election years.

Former president Mohammad Khatami and National Confidence Party leader Mahdi Karroubi are the two reformist hopefuls who have officially declared their candidacies so far.

However, Khatami has repeatedly said he would drop out of the race if Mousavi decides to take up the challenge.

On Monday, Mousavi said he intends to establish a "special dialogue" in the country inspired by the atmosphere of the early years of Iran's revolution.

Mousavi also stated that the main reason he decided to stand in the upcoming election is his concern about the fact that the country's laws are being circumvented, adding that this situation will pose a real threat to the Islamic Republic if it is allowed to continue.

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