Mohammad Khatami, a former Iranian president, announced that the political situation in the country has not improved to a degree where reformists should be participating in the parliamentary elections.
Khatami said in a short interview on Monday that â€œAll indicators show that we should refrain from participating in the elections and, therefore, participation in them would be meaningless.” He added later “My statement is the same as that of the Coordination Council of the Reformist Front, which announced that the reformists cannot and should not have a candidate list in the elections.”
Ali Mohammad Gharibani, the head of the Iranâ€™s reformist coordination council, issued a statement to the press saying that the completive nature of political interests are continuing to squeeze reformists out of the elections. He also stated that since “reformists have no possibility to advertise and inform the public while the competition is in control of all advertising venues.â€ Because of this, the council has not and will not endorse any candidates in the election. To take a step further, the council has even refused to compile a list.
Khatami was sited in the saying that the decision of the council does not mean that they are promoting a boycott of the elections. Khatami added that reformists will be able to participate in the parliamentary elections if all political prisoners are released and if all of the political parties are given equal chance to engage in a free political activity. His last request was for all of the elections to be open and transparent.
Since the presidential elections of 2009 when there were allegations of voter fraud, the establishment has accused reformists of playing a part with Iranâ€™s foreign enemies. Because of this accusation, man y of the senior reformists have been sentenced to jail and other more long-term prison terms. MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, former reformist candidates have been under house arrest since early February.