Threats don't bring unity, Karroubi says

TEHRAN, June 29 (UPI) -- Unity among the people of Iran can't be secured through intimidating messages, Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said.
Conservatives protest Iran's Karroubi

Conservatives protest Iran's Karroubi

TEHRAN, March 15 (UPI) -- A small group of hard-line supporters, during demonstrations in front of his home, called for Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi to face justice.
Poll will test Iran's public pulse

Poll will test Iran's public pulse

TEHRAN, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A national poll in Iran is a legal way to determine how the public views the important issues of the day, said opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.

Karroubi recognizes Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi told a state news agency he recognizes President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the head of the government.

Karroubi accuses Tehran of duplicity

TEHRAN, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi accused the regime in Tehran of undermining the public trust by allegedly meeting with U.S. officials in New York.

Karroubi could face trial for abuse claims

TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi could stand trial for his claims that detained dissidents were abused in prison, Iran's state-run media reports.

Hard-line cleric calls for Mousavi arrest

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Iranian reformist leaders such as one-time presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi should be arrested, a senior hard-line cleric says.

Iran's Karroubi blasts Ahmadinejad, Obama

TEHRAN, May 19 (UPI) -- Iranian Reformist presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi said he would engage Washington if actions, not words, emerged from the White House.

Iranian candidate adopts 'Change' platform

TEHRAN, April 28 (UPI) -- Iranian Reformist presidential contender Mehdi Karroubi announced he has adopted "Change" as his campaign slogan for the June contest.

Mousavi seeks unity government

TEHRAN, April 14 (UPI) -- Iranian presidential contender Mir-Hossein Mousavi reached out to Principlist rivals in the hopes of ruling with a unity government, party officials said.

Karroubi stays in Iran's presidential race

TEHRAN, April 13 (UPI) -- Iranian presidential contender Mehdi Karroubi will not step aside, leaders say, as several parties line up to support a rival candidate on the Reformist ticket.

Reformists predict '97 repeat in Iran

TEHRAN, April 10 (UPI) -- Reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi said his platform would repeat the 1997 landslide victory that secured the Iranian presidency of Mohammad Khatami.

Imprisonment of Iranian MP sparks protest

TEHRAN, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Iran's conservative judiciary and more liberal Parliament upped their dispute Tuesday after a member of Parliament was accused by the hard-line Judiciary of ins
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Mehdi Karroubi
Iran's opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi (R) waves among his supporters while they gather to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol for the opposition to Tehran's hardline leaders and other victims of recent clashes, at Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside of Tehran, Iran on July 30, 2009. Hundreds of supporters of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered in central Tehran to commemorate those killed in the unrest that erupted after the June presidential election on Thursday. (UPI Photo/STR)

Mehdi Karroubi (Persian: مهدی کروبی, Mehdī Karrūbĩ; born 26 September 1937 in Aligoudarz, Lorestan) is an influential Iranian reformist politician, democracy activist, mojtahed, and chairman of the National Trust Party. He was Chairman of the parliament from 1989 to 1992 and 2000 to 2004, and a presidential candidate in the 2005 and 2009 presidential elections.

He is a founding member and former chairman of the Association of Combatant Clerics party. Karroubi is a critic of the Guardian Council and Iran's Judicial System and calls himself a follower of Iran's ex-leader Ruhollah Khomeini. By appointment of the Supreme Leader, he was a member of the Expediency Discernment Council and an adviser, posts he held until resigning from all his posts on June 19, 2005 after the first round of the 2005 presidential election.

He has been described as a "moderate" with a "mostly rural" base of support. Karroubi considers himself a pragmatic reformist and now is one of the leaders of the opposition movement in Iran.

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