Iran's presidential hopeful launches newspaper ahead of election 2009-05-18 23:00:42   Print

    TEHRAN, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran's presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi launched a daily a few weeks ahead of the country's presidential elections.

    With only weeks away from the June 12 elections, Mousavi cut the ribbon on his newly-launched newspaper, local satellite Press TV reported on Monday.

    The 16-page newspaper, named Kalameh Sabz (Green Word), is aimed at publishing Mousavi's most recent views and plans for the future of the country, an attempt which many observers believe started very late.

    "Kalameh Sabz is aimed at creating a mirror-like newspaper, to show who we are and what we stand for and to guide us in finding our path," chief editor of the paper Ali Reza Hosseini Beheshti was cited by Press TV.

    Mousavi, who is claimed to voice the reforms again, is a politician, painter and architect and was prime minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989 under the then President Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (now Supreme Leader). He was the last prime minister of Iran before a change in the constitution which removed the post.

    Mousavi has repeatedly criticized the incumbent government's economic policy which he called an alms-based one.

    A total of 475 applicants have signed up for Iran's presidential election slated for June 12.

    The four main candidates are Mousavi, the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaei, former Revolutionary Guards chief.

    Iran's Guardians Council will finalize the name list of those who can run for the presidency after screening the registered candidates. The final list is expected to come out on May 21.

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