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17:10 | 2009-03-12


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Karroubi: I'll Fully Execute Constitution

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Reformist cleric Mehdi Karroubi said he will do his utmost to "fully" implement the Constitution if elected to be the President.

"It is my conviction that certain articles of the Constitution which have been pending so far must be implemented," Karroubi said in a speech in the western city of Mahabad on Wednesday.

"I'll do my best to employ all the articles of the Constitution but if I could not do that, I will clearly inform the nation about it," he said, suggesting that currently some articles of the constitution are going unnoticed, press tv reported.

Karroubi also called on all walks of society to go to the polls, saying boycotting the upcoming presidential elections 'will not solve anything'.

"The June 12 elections will eventually choose the next president of the country, so not taking part in the elections would only be an abandonment of your rights," he said in his speech.

The chairman of the Etemad-e Melli (National Confidence) party added that voting would encourage the officials to either go on with their policies or rectify them, urging a high turnout in the elections.

Former Iranian president Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, the country's last prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have so far officially announced their bid to run in the elections on the Reformist platform.

No political figure from the rival Principlist camp has yet announced candidacy. Speculations are running high that incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would seek another term.