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Reformist MPs visit Iranian opposition leaders

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Delegates from the Minority Faction of the Parliament paid separate visits to the Iranian opposition leaders yesterday to mark the Iranian New Year.

MPs Meeting with Mohammad Khatami

Mohammad Khatami reiterated the demands of the reform movement in this visit listing freedom of political prisoners, opening of the social atmosphere, evasion from all sorts of extremism and spreading of lies and efforts to establish "appropriate elections" among the objectives of the reform movement.

The former Iranian President maintained that the reform movement questions the failure of the establishment to remain faithful to the constitution. He emphasized once more that "reformists are protesting against certain policies and methods of certain bodies and organizations," they are not in conflict with the Islamic Republic system.

He added: "if an organization takes advantage of the situation and passes its own erroneous methods as that of the regime and its leadership, it has done the greatest harm to the system."

MPs Meeting with Mehdi Karoubi

The Minority Faction of the Parliament also visited disputing candidate of the June presidential elections, Mehdi Karoubi.

Former Speaker of Iran's Parliament spoke out against continued insults against the reformists and the reform movement. He maintained that the situation has become thus that "if we get a day that we are not sbjected to some slander, lie or indignity from the media or the authorities, it would surprise us."

The opposition leader declared that the mistaken policies of the authorities have not only been the cause of great harm to the Revolution and its leader, but even to Islam itself.

In the past ten months, the opposition leaders have been the target growing pressure by forces faithful to Ayatollah Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi have been condemned by Islamic Republic authorities for refusing to accept the validity of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announced victory in the June presidential elections.

Their disputes against the outcome of the elections have been interpreted as a conspiracy to topple the government by Islamic Republic hardliners.

The reformist leaders claim they have no dispute against the system but are struggling to right its deviations.

Mehdi Karoubi also referred to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent trip to Qom and drew attention to the unprecedented fact that some Shiite leaders of Qom refused to meet with him.

Iranian clergy is also divided over the issue of June presidential elections and some prominent clerics have lent their voice and support to the reformists, and condemned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government policies.

Delegates of the Minority Faction of the Parliament also met with opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi yesterday.

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