As outlined earlier this week in IranPolitik, there have been numerous signs in the last several weeks that the Reformist faction, moderates led by ex-president Mohammad Khatami who ruled between 1997-2005, may nominate a candidate for the upcoming 2013 presidential election. The Reformists were marginalized within the regime’s political establishment because of their role in leading the 2009-2010 Green Movement. By renouncing the Green Movement and participating in elections, the Reformists now hope to re-enter mainstream Iranian politics and ultimately regain power. However as highlighted here in the same article, regime hardliners associated with the upper echelons of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have also sent signals that they would move to block any Reformist maneuvering to re-enter power.

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