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Run, Khatami, run!

The Financial Times reported this morning that Mohammad Khatami is “expected to announce that he will contest the presidential elections in June,” according to a handful of reformist politicians who seem to be trying to create a fait accompli by talking to the press. So far, the moderate former Iranian president hasn’t announced squat and ...

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The Financial Times reported this morning that Mohammad Khatami is “expected to announce that he will contest the presidential elections in June,” according to a handful of reformist politicians who seem to be trying to create a fait accompli by talking to the press.

So far, the moderate former Iranian president hasn’t announced squat and seems to be hoping that Mir-Hossein Moussavi, an ex-prime minister also in the reformist camp, will run in his stead.

If he indeed runs — pass. the. popcorn. As one leading Iranian reformist told the FT, “If it is Khatami versus Ahmadi-Nejad, this will be the most interesting election in the world.”

But I’ll believe it when I see it. Khatami seems like a good guy, but the rap on him has always been that he shies away from conflict. Does he have the stomach for political hardball? I’m not so sure, but as someone who’s fascinated by Iranian politics, I’ll be watching closely.

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