Protests in Iran: Two former leaders call for political changes

An Iranian woman carrying a poster featuring former President Mohammad Khatami (right) and ex-Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi in ​​Tehran on May 30, 2009 (Illustration).


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After months of protest sparked by the death of young Mahsa Amini, former President Mohammad Khatami and former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi are calling on the authorities for political reform.


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Mir Hossein Moussavi was a candidate in the 2009 presidential election, a disputed election that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power, followed by repressed demonstrations.

Since then, the 80-year-old reformer has been deprived of his liberty, without ever having been charged.

Ardashir Amir-Arjomand is one of his close advisers, exiled in France since the same period: “ 

For almost 13 years, he has been imprisoned in his house, he has suffered a lot of repression.

The most important thing for him is to fulfill his national responsibility


Mir-Hossein Moussavi seizes the slogan “ 

Woman, Life, Freedom

 ”, that of the demonstrations which broke out after the death of Mahasa Amini.

The former Iranian Prime Minister (1981-1989) calls for a " 

fundamental change

 " in the Iranian political system and proposes a referendum raising the question of a new constitution.

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According to his adviser Ardashir Amir-Arjomand, the Islamic Republic is today at an impasse: “ 

We could no longer reform the regime from within.

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For his part, the former president, Mohammad Khatani (1997-2005), pointed to “ 


 ” and “ 


 ” dissatisfaction.

The leader of the reform movement hopes that the use of “ 

non-violent civil methods

 ” can “ 

force the state to change its approach and initiate reforms



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