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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Iran's reformist ex-president Khatami banned from public ceremonies

Mohammad Khatami, who served as president from 1997 to 2005, is considered to be the spiritual leader of Iran's reformists, and remains influential among youth despite being under a media ban

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, seen here (centre) in May 2009 after giving a speech at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, is considered to be the spiritual leader of Iran's reformists.  Newsha Tavakolian
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, seen here (centre) in May 2009 after giving a speech at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, is considered to be the spiritual leader of Iran's reformists. Newsha Tavakolian

Iranian authorities have banned former reformist president Mohammad Khatami from appearing at public ceremonies for three months, the semi-official Ilna news agency reported on Saturday.

Mohammad Anjam, Mr Khatami's lawyer, said a letter attributed to a judicial authority had been delivered to the former president's house saying he was barred from public political, cultural and promotional ceremonies for three months, starting from September 23, Ilna reported.

Mr Khatami is considered to have played a key role in Hassan Rouhani's ascension to the presidency in 2013 and 2017, apparently convincing reformist challenger Mohammad Reza Aref to step aside.

Mr Khatami, who served as president from 1997 to 2005, is considered to be the spiritual leader of Iran's reformists, and remains influential among youth despite being under a media ban.

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