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Iranian reformists demand government accountability

11/05/10 Source: Radio Zamaneh

Former leader of Iranian reformist group IIPF, Mohammadreza Khatami

Iranian reformists declare that any national reconciliation with the conservatives has to be preceded with some form of accountability for the events of the past year.

In the past year and a half, after the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, widespread protests against alleged fraud in the election was received with extreme violence from the government confronting protesters on the streets and arresting thousands of people.

Some protesters were shot to death on the streets, others died under torture in prisons and many endured various forms of abuse in prisons.

Mohammadreza Khatami, former head of the reformist party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, told Kalemeh website that media outlets connected with Iran's security and intelligence organizations are "falsely" reporting visits between reformist figures and government officials to insinuate some level of reconciliation is taking place between the government and some reformist figures.

He maintained that such reports are intended to create rifts in the ranks of the reformists.

Photo: Massive protest rally by opposition in central Tehran on June 15, 2009

The opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the reformist organizations that endorsed them deny the legitimacy of the current government and maintain that the people have the right to peaceful contestation of the election results.

The senior member of the IIPF stressed that even the "concerned conservatives who are interested in solving the problems are fed up with the recent events."

He maintained that the reformists have become stronger and more popular in society and added that "power mongers are however in a free fall." Khatami stressed that those who have taken the country on this course cannot be included in any reconciliation talks.

A number of state media had reported recently that Mohammadreza Khatami has met with Hojjatoleslam Nateq Nouri, a hardline cleric, in order to initiate national reconciliation talks between the conservatives and the reformists.

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