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Iran: Reformists Threaten Walkout

Tehran, 2 January 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's main reformist party, loyal to President Mohammad Khatami, today renewed its threat to stage a mass walkout from government. The Islamic Iran Participation Party (IIPP) released a statement saying ultraconservative actions, including politically motivated trials, had caused the Iranian party to lose its legitimacy.

The IIPF cited "a rejection of popular will," which has divided the current government into rival elected and nonelected institutions that effectively cancel out each other's efforts.

Many of Khatami's promised reforms have been blocked by conservatives who fear his agenda will undermine the republic's Islamic foundation.