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Mousavi’s message reaches Khamenei

Atul Aneja

DUBAI: A day after he issued a five-point proposal for reconciliation, Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hosain Mousavi’s message has been conveyed to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Mohsen Rezaei, who, along with Mr. Mousavi ended up on the losing side of Iran’s June 12 presidential elections has written to Ayatollah Khamenei. Iran’s state-run Press TV has reported that in this letter, Mr. Rezaei has said that Mr. Mousavi has “retreated” from his earlier position.

“Although he moved later than he should have, (Mr.) Mousavi has retreated from the position of denying the legitimacy of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s government,” Mr. Rezaei said.

“That retreat as well as his constructive proposal about the role that the parliament and judiciary must play in holding the administration accountable can signal the beginning of a new unifying movement from opposing front,” Mr. Rezaei added. In its report on Mr. Rezaei’s move, Tehran Times said that “the proposals put forward by Mir-Hossein Mousavi are worth noticing to put an end to the ongoing political conflicts.”

Mr. Mousavi’s recommendations, which a large section of the Iranian media has said showed that Iran’s lead Opposition had accepted the legitimacy of the Ahmadinejad presidency, emphasised that the establishment must recognise civil liberties, within the framework of the Iranian constitution.

Mr. Mousavi said that the government should be “accountable to the people, the Majlis (parliament), and the judiciary and should take responsibility for its actions.” He also called for a “transparent and reliable election law,” freedom of the press and the release of political prisoners.

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