Iranian President Meets with Reformist MPs

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, expected to make a re-election bid next year, met Saturday with leading MPs from his pro-reform coalition, state radio reported. 

Khatami had words of praise for the nation's "political currents and forces which are faithful to the regime ... and are on the way to independence and the progress of the country," the report said. 

"Today we must accept those who do not think like we do," said Khatami, adding that, as the majority, the reformist movement should expect to take some political criticism. 

Pro-Khatami reformists won a majority in February's elections and took office in May, ending the longtime conservative grip on the legislature. 

Khatami was meeting with members of the so-called Faction of the 2nd of Khordad Front, named after the date in the Iranian calendar of his 1997 election victory. 

It groups about 120 of the roughly 180 pro-reform MPs in the 290-seat chamber – TEHRAN (AFP) 



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