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Iran presidential hopeful launches new daily

Iran's former prime minister and presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi launched a new daily newspaper on Monday, just days before campaigning for the June 12 election begins.

world Updated: May 18, 2009 13:07 IST

Iran's former prime minister and presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi launched a new daily newspaper on Monday, just days before campaigning for the June 12 election begins.

The first issue of Kalameh Sabz (Green Word) portrayed pictures of both Mousavi and the former reformist president Mohammad Khatami who is backing the ex-premier in his presidential bid.

"Kalameh Sabz is aimed at creating a mirror-like newspaper, to show who we are and what we stand for and to guide us in finding our path," said the first editorial written by Ali Reza Hosseini Beheshti, the paper's chief editor.

"We want to have a paper that offers a different perspective and urges the people to actively decide their fate."

The 16-page daily covers variety of topics, but focuses mainly on politics. The election campaign begins formally on May 22.

Mousavi, who is backed by reformist groups, has emerged as one of the main opponents to hardline incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is seeking a second term in office.

The last prime minister of Iran before the post was scrapped in 1989, Mousavi is seeking to make a comeback after two decades in the political wilderness.