Mousavi Plans New Party for Iranian Opposition

Reformist leader looks to give political legitimacy to post-election opposition
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 3:05 PM CDT
A female supporter of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi flashes a victory sign and wears a green scarf, a symbolic color of Mousavi's supporters, in Tehran, July 17, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mir Hossein Mousavi announced today that he will form a new political group based on the broad opposition that has asserted itself since Iran’s contested elections last month, the BBC reports. Mousavi, the top reformist candidate in those elections, says the organization would give a legal political framework to the Green movement, named after the color the opposition has taken as its own.

Mousavi stressed in his announcement the need to channel the energy of the opposition into the legal confines of the Iranian political system—showing, the BBC’s correspondent writes, that he seeks to address the alleged inequities of the recent election, not foment wholesale revolution.