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By FARNAZ FASSIHI
BEIRUT -- A third reform candidate joined Iran's June 12 presidential race in a tactic aimed at delivering a blow to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chances of re-election, reformists said Tuesday.
Former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi said Tuesday that he was throwing his hat into the race, joining former President Mohammad Khatami and cleric Mahdi Karroubi.
Reformists said the move isn't a sign of division, but rather part of a strategy aimed at winning a wider base of support. Two of the three are expected to withdraw at the last minute, throwing their support behind the strongest contender. The deadline set internally by the reform camp for unifying behind one candidate is May.
"It's what they [reformers] call the 'three-general' strategy. Everyone is ready to utilize any tactic to make sure Ahmadinejad doesn't stay in power," says Sergei Baseghian, political editor of reformist newspaper Etemad Meli. Mr. Mousavi is regarded favorably by Iranians because he managed the country during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
He is viewed by many inside Iran as the only candidate who can siphon votes from both conservatives and liberals: He has revolutionary credentials, but has openly criticized Mr. Ahmadinejad's economic policies and his management style.
Originally posted by MegaCurious
Who says that Iran is not peaceful? Do they have daily suicide bombings or something?