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Ex-Iran president warns of popular revolution or military coup

Image of Mohammad Khatami, Iran former president [File photo]
Mohammad Khatami, Iran former president [File photo]

Ex-Iranian President and Leader and Guide of Reformists Mohammad Khatami has warned that a popular revolution or a military coup could be orchestrated to oust the ruling regime, Arabi21 reported yesterday.

His warning comes after the near economic collapse being experienced by the country, the US sanctions which have already been imposed and which will be tightened next month, and the increasing role of the Revolutionary Guards in the country.

Iranian media reported Khatami telling a group of veterans who took part in the Iran-Iraq war: “The international community could stand against America in certain cases and we should seize this opportunity to defend the interests of our people.”

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He also criticised the stalemate in Iranian politics. “Today, there is no internal dialogue and there is a partnership in the political life. Everything being done to defend the interests of this country is faced with accusations, insults, and abuse.”

Khatami added: “The current problems are soluble and we are not in a deadlock, but policies and strategies must change and reformation needed inside the basic structure of the Iranian regime.”

Iran protests in January 2018 - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Iran protests in January 2018 – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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