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    Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami is to withdraw his candidacy from the country's June presidential election, the BBC understands.

    Mr Khatami was president of Iran from 1997-2005 and was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative.

    Mr Ahmadinejad is expected to stand for re-election.


    An unnamed ally did not give a reason for the withdrawal, and neither did he name the candidate whom Mr Khatami would be supporting.

    Mr Khatami was the most liberal president since the revolution.

    But he entered this campaign reluctantly and unenthusiastically, says the BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran, and it soon became clear that many of those in power in Iran did not want him to return as president. One city prevented Mr Khatami from campaigning with the excuse that it would cause traffic jams.

    His withdrawal therefore comes as no surprise, says our correspondent, and Mr Khatami is now expected to endorse former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi.

    The decision also leaves Mr Ahmadinejad in a stronger position, our correspondent adds.
    Well, i guess we'll be welcoming Ahmadinejad for another 4 years

    I wonder if he was threatened to withdraw from the race


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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    masallah now we're screwed.

    Another four years of Mr A is bound to see Iran get ripped to shreds, or us get ripped to shreds.
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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Lol Laila's a WOW addict.

    PS: I smell corruption. Kahatami's withdrawal is suspicious enough.
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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    masallah now we're screwed.
    LOL
    We were screwed to begin with :/

    The pull out is very suspicious, i think he was forced out tbh.

    Lol, play warcraft too? =D


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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    LOL
    We were screwed to begin with :/

    The pull out is very suspicious, i think he was forced out tbh.
    That or he took up an offer for a check with large numbers on it

    Chances are he was threatened though, and no sorry, i dont play WOW
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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    That or he took up an offer for a check with large numbers on it

    Chances are he was threatened though, and no sorry, i dont play WOW
    Well, i'd take the money too so i don't blame him lol

    You should try it, it's very good


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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Well, i'd take the money too so i don't blame him lol

    You should try it, it's very good
    Wouldnt we all. Id take any amount of money, anything, if it meant i didnt have to inherit Irans problems, including all there sanctions and non-existing diplomatic relations with the west.

    PS: You have alot of time on your hands for a professor

    If the biography reads true that is
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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    PS: You have alot of time on your hands for a professor

    If the biography reads true that is
    Not a professor yet, student =D

    If i was a professor, i would have lost my job by now lol


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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    Interesting that Ahmadinejad is still favored. I've heard many reports that not only has he been unpopular with the general populace, but he's caused friction with the Guardian Council as well.

    A possible beneficial side effect of his presidency, is that he may have actually weakened some of the power of the Gaurdian Council and strengthened the role of the president. So just maybe it could be seen as a wedge that could benefit a more moderate candidate later on.

    Of course, I've been hoping that he would lose at the next opportunity and I still hold out hope.

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    Re: Khatami 'pulls out of Iran race'

    The only difference between Khatami and Ahmawhatevr is Khatami does what Ahmawhateevr does mellower.


    Instead of shouting he will exterminate the Jews he sends you a nice letter saying he will exterminate the Jews.

    "moderate"



    The BBC calls Hamas and Hezbollah liberal minded......

    ....

    Get a kick out of people who think the Iranian people get to vote for anyone but those the Supreme Leader and Guardian Council allow them to vote for.
    Its very similar (least in "election" process) to that of the USSR and most Communist states..there is the facade of elections but your only voting for the Party/Clerics choices...
    IF nobody voted the same people would be "elected".
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