Sunday, July 21, 2019 05:38

Detained opposition leaders stay silent on election

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Rahnavard and Mousavi

Zahra Mousavi, the daughter of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, reports that her parents are declining to make any comments on the approaching election.

Kaleme reports that the two opposition leaders under house arrest are now facing fiercer restrictions, and their contact with the family has been minimal in recent months.

According to Zahra Mousavi, MirHosein Mousavi has told his daughter that since they are being kept completely in the dark and have no sense of the social atmosphere of the country, they prefer not make any comments regarding participation in or boycotting of the election.

Mousavi and Rahnavard have been under house arrest since February 2011 and are not allowed any form of interaction with the outside world except for short, scattered visits or calls from their daughters. In the past seven months they have been reportedly allowed three visits with their children.

Mousavi challenged the results of the 2009 election along with fellow reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi, and both candidates were branded as “leaders of sedition” for triggering mass protests over alleged election fraud.

Reformists have been in a dilemma regarding the approaching election. While some lean more toward boycotting the vote, especially after top reformist candidate Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani was disqualified from running by the Guardian Council, others are choosing a more moderate ground.

Today, former reformist president Mohammad Khatami announced that his camp will put its support behind Hassan Rohani, the only remaining reformist among the candidates.

Mohammadreza Aref, the other reformist candidate, has withdrawn in favour of Rohani.