Wednesday, December 29, 2004 / World / Middle East & Africa - Mosharekat announced the candidacy of Mostafa Moein / World / Middle East & Africa - Iran reformists name election candidate: "Iran reformists name election candidate
By Najmeh Bozorgmehr
Published: December 29 2004 02:00 | Last updated: December 29 2004 02:00

Mosharekat, Iran's largest reformist party, announced the candidacy of Mostafa Moein for president in the forthcoming elections, defying speculation his nomination would be disqualified by conservatives.

Mr Moein, a 54-year-old doctor, is a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami, with 10 years' experience as higher education minister.

He resigned two years ago in protest at the obstacles to his reforms by conservatives.

Iran's Guardian Council disqualified more than 2,000 reformist candidates in parliamentary elections in February. Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran"