Pro-Reform MP Promoting Independent Line From Gov’t

Pro-Reform MP Promoting Independent Line From Gov’tPro-Reform MP Promoting Independent Line From Gov’t

The reformist camp should not serve merely as an instrument of the government but rather needs to independently field and endorse its own candidates in presidential elections, says a pro-reform politician. "In the latest presidential elections, we served as a ladder for Mr. Hassan Rouhani. However, we should not play this role in the next election," Mostafa Kavakebian, secretary general of the Democracy Party, told Tasnim News Agency in an interview published Saturday.
He was referring to the fact that reformists and their backers threw their full weight behind Hassan Rouhani, who secured a decisive reelection for a second four-year term in the summer of last year.  
The politician believes that reformists should draw a fine line between themselves and presidential contenders, be it a moderate such as Rouhani or a conservative like Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, who could be one of the candidates in the 2021 presidential vote. 
"We should do something so that people can pin their hopes on us. One of the things that we have to do is…to tell people that the line of both Mr. Larijani and Mr. Rouhani is different than that of the reformists," added Kavakebian. He is a member of the parliament’s ‘Hope’ faction 


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