Khatami: Either Mousavi or I will run for president

January 13, 2009

TEHRAN – Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami announced on Monday that surely either he himself or former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi will run in the presidential election in June.

“Either I or Mr. Mousavi will” be the reformist candidate, Khatami told a gathering in the western province of Ilam.
Mir-Hossein Mousavi was prime minister from 1981 to 1989 when Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei was president. He was the last prime minister of Iran before the change in the constitution which eliminated the post of prime minister.
Khatami said he does not intend to “evade responsibility” and has been reflecting upon whether to run or not.
“I will tell all the reformists and those who may not belong to the reformist (camp) but would like to see a change in the current situation, and with respect for all who have announced or will announce their candidacies, that, God willing, (either I)” or Mr. Mousavi will be the reformist candidate