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Iran’s Reformist Political Parties to Restart their Activities Under Rouhani

Mohammad Javad Hagh Shenas

Following Iranian 2009 presidential election, a large number of Iran’s reformist political parties were forced to halt their operations inside the country. In that time, most reformists were accused of leading and masterminding plots against the foundation of Islamic Republic and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Reformists held numerous demonstrations in major cities of Iran.

As Hassan Rouhani, an Iranian reformist, has been elected as the new president of Islamic Republic, reformist parties are going to restart their activities in near future.

Mohammad Javad Hagh Shenas, the former director in charge of Etemad Melli news paper, said on Friday that reformists are interested in resuming their operations and political activities under the government of Hassan Rouhani.

“The victory of Rouhani in the recent presidential election has offered remarkable opportunities to reformist political parties. In next few months, reformists will fully take the power in Iran. Accordingly, conservative parties cannot force reformists to stop their activities.” Hagh Shenas told local media.

The former leader of Iran’s National Trust Party declared that Islamic Republic should tolerate the legal operations of left-wing parties inside the country. “At this time, we intend to re-open the offices of National Trust Party. President Hassan Rouhani must also offer supports to reformists in this regard.” Mohammad Javad Hagh Shenas added.

National Trust Party was originally established in 2005 by former Parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi following his controversial defeat in 2005 presidential election. The party used to publish Etemad-e Melli news paper, which was banned by the Iranian judiciary.

Mehdi Karroubi, the founder of National Confidence Party, is currently under house arrest because of his stances against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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