Iran's Rouhani praises Khatami role in recent vote

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a visit to the central city of Yazd on March 7, 2016, praising reformist ex-president Mohammad KhatamiPresident Hassan Rouhani praised Monday the strategic role played in recent elections by Mohammad Khatami, Iran’s ex-president who is subject to a media ban, thanking him in a speech aired live on state television. Rouhani’s remarks, during a visit to Yazd, the home town of Khatami, Iran’s only reformist president, prompted cheers from the crowd but the sound of their applause during the broadcast was lowered several times. Iranian media are forbidden on the orders of Tehran’s prosecutor from publishing pictures of Khatami, president between 1997 and 2005, or quoting his words, on account of his support for the defeated reformist candidates in the disputed 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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