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Iranian Reformists Call for Boycott of June Election
Iranian reformists today condemned the disqualification of their presidential candidate Mostafa Moin and called for a boycott of the June 17 election. Iran's Guardian Council, an unelected body that vets all candidates, rejected all but six of some 1,000 candidates hoping to run in the upcoming presidential election.
Mostafa Tajzadeh, a leading member of the main Iranian pro-reform party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, said the Council decision was equivalent to a coup d'etat. Tajzadeh said there would not be an elected president of a republic, there will be an appointed president.
Rejected candidate Moin said the decision was quote "unfair, unreasonable and illegal."
Those approved are former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former police chief Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, former radio and television chief Ali Larijani, Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former parliamentary speaker Mahdi Karroubi, and the former head of theelite Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezai.