Iran’s leading reform party announced Monday that it would boycott the parliamentary elections this month. The boycott was announced one day after more than a third of the Parliament’s members resigned to protest a ban on hundreds of reformist candidates. Mohammad Reza Khatami, the party leader and younger brother of President Mohammad Khatami, said that his Islamic Iran Participation Front had decided by a large majority not to take part in the poll. “We have no hope that free and legal elections will be held on Feb. 20,” he said at a news conference. “Therefore, it is impossible for the Participation Front to take part in the elections under current circumstances.” Full Story
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