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Iran Presidential Elections: Mousavi says he will institutionalize ethnic view


Presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi

Iran's Karroubi may still endorse Mousavi

Press TV - Iranian Reformist presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi hints that he may drop out of the presidential race in favor of Mir-Hossein Mousavi at a later stage.

"Running with a single Reformist candidate [at this stage] would... lead to our defeat, as Ahmadinejad would gain 50 percent of the vote and win the elections in the very first round," Karroubi said Thursday during a campaign visit to the northwestern city of Ardabil.

He went on to say, however, that the time may come for the camp to unify and throw its weight behind a single candidate for the sake of winning the elections.

For now, Karroubi said, the objective is to win further support for the Reformist camp, but "before the end of the election campaign, anything is possible."

During the past few months, Karroubi had repeatedly rejected the possibility of withdrawing his bid for the presidency in favor of the other candidates.

The tenth Iranian presidential elections, scheduled for June 12, will determine the result of the face-off between Mousavi, Karroubi, incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei.

Karroubi will contest the presidency on the Reformist platform while Rezaei and Ahmadinejad are considered Principlists.

Mousavi has refrained from officially linking his political tendencies to a certain camp but is acknowledged as a candidate with strong ties with Reformist figures.

TEHRAN, May 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi stated on Wednesday that he will institutionalize a view on the races and tribes in country. Talking in a gathering on the diversity of races in Tehran, he noted that ethnic diversity is an "opportunity".

The former prime minister said that political, cultural, and ethnic issues should not be seen from security viewpoints.

By widening views toward ethnic minorities, not only people's status can be improved in the society but also the country can find a proper status in the world, he cited.


Mousavi added that he will establish a foundation to safeguard ethnic languages and even developing them. 


He said that the government can promote solidarity and empathy among races.


He noted that the distribution of wealth, creating equal opportunities, and eliminating economic injustice are his plans for all races if he wins the presidential race. 


Poverty is result of mismanagement   


Presidential candidate Karroubi stated on Wednesday that "poverty is the result of mismanagement". Talking in outskirts of Ardebil city, he said that mismanagement has driven many people poor who are forced to live in suburbs. He emphasized that this situation should be changed.


He promised to provide services for those who live in outskirts if he wins the presidential campaign.


Real campaign is between Mousavi and Ahmadinejad


Hossein Marashi stated on Tuesday that the serious campaign is between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. The Servants of Construction Party spokesman said that a massive turnout can change the result of the elections to Mousavi's benefit.


Talking in Azad University in the city of Yasooj, he noted in this election climate a candidate who is neither reformist nor principalist has more chances of winning.


Mousavi is best choice to govern country


Majid Ansari stated on Tuesday that presidential hopeful Mousavi is the best choice for managing the country. Pointing to some problems faced by the country, Marashi said that Mousavi can restore this situation.


Talking to the cleric supporters of Mousavi in Qom, he noted that high inflation, unemployment, excessive imports, etc are country's current problems.


The cleric noted that one of the country's main problems is violating law, adding a president should fully observe law in achieving the outlook plan.


Majlis principlist faction to hold election meeting


MP Mohammad-Reza Mirtajeddini stated on Wednesday that Majlis principalist faction will hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss presidential issues. 


The meeting will be held to decide on the principalist faction's stance in the election and its supported candidate, the Majlis member said.

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