Meeting of Iran's reformist council postponed
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 14 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
A scheduled meeting of the Front Reform Coordinating Council, a coalition of major reformist groups in Iran, has been postponed, the opposition Kalemeh website reported.
Previously, the meeting was supposed to be held on January 17-18.
Reformist political groups in Iran said that in January of 2013, a special assembly would be established for the parties to bring their positions closer before the 2013 elections.
The next presidential elections in Iran will be held on June 14, 2013.
The Coordinating council issued a statement last week, noting that the necessary conditions for the meeting should be provided.
The statement said that the coalition plans to hold the next meeting under "legal efforts".
The Coordinating council sadi in the statement that it hopes The Interior Ministry and other responsible structures would provide "free and secure conditions" for the meeting.
Last Saturday, Kalemeh newspaper reported that Iran's Security Forces issued four reasons for the Coordinating Council, under which the meeting should be held.
In particular, one of the reasons is that the reformists go separate ways with opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.
Another condition would be accepting the current election mechanism in the country.
The Coordinating council has also been asked not to cooperate with Iranian Participation Front and Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization parties.
The last reason was for the Coordinating council not to meet with former Iran's president Mohammad Khatami, prior to upcoming elections.
In November 2012, Iran's political reformist groups met country's former president Mohammad Khatami, and expressed their will to have Khatami as a candidate at the upcoming presidential elections.
Khatami himself said that he still waits for the positive changes in the country, and will reveal his decision when the time is right.
Khatami was president from 1997 to 2005, for two consecutive terms.
Representatives of reformist parties noted that if Khatami is not to present himself as a candidate at the upcoming elections, they will be presenting one candidate from all parties.