Published in: people's Dailly Online
Former Iranian president elected head of reformist party


Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has been elected as the new head of a leading reformist party, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

IRNA quoted Ali Abtahi, member of the Central Council of the Association of Combatant Clerics, as saying that the decision was made during an extraordinary session of the party's Central Council on Sunday.

"The efforts of Mohammad Khatami during his two terms of presidency were appreciated by members of the Central Council," Abtahi said.

Abtahi said the delegates of the meeting also lauded selfless services and performance of former Majlis (parliament) Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, Khatami's predecessor.

"The participants at the meeting stressed the necessity of continuing the party's activities after revising its structure and council members laid emphasis on the priority of cultural issues," he added.

Khatami served as president of the Islamic Republic from 1997-2005. He carried out some reform policies during his terms and is viewed to have made Iran more adapted to the modern world.

The Association of Combatant Clerics, one of leading reformist parties in Iran, was established by Karroubi in 1988.


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