TEHRAN, April 28 (UPI) -- Iranian Reformist presidential contender Mehdi Karroubi announced he has adopted "Change" as his campaign slogan for the June contest.
Karroubi, a former parliamentary speaker, has been campaigning on a so-called change platform since the presidential contest gained steam earlier this year.
Former Iranian Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi is also campaigning for the June 7 presidential contest on the Reformist ticket.
Karroubi has been a noted critic of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but stressed his "Change" slogan was not a reference to that used by U.S. President Barack Obama during his campaign in 2008, Press TV reports.
"This slogan is taken from the exact text of the Koran, and the verse which states, 'Verily God will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves,'" he said.
Some officials in the Reformist camp have called for Karroubi to step aside in favor of Mousavi, who received sweeping support from several Reformist parties earlier this month.