Mohammad Khatami

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Mohammad Khatami
سید محمد خاتمی
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5th President of Iran
In office
August 2, 1997 – August 3, 2005
LeaderAli Khamenei
Preceded byMohammad Khatami
Succeeded byMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Personal details
Born14 October 1943
Ardakan, Yazd Province, Iran

Seyyed Mohammad Khatami (سید محمد خاتمی), (born October 14, 1943) is an Iranian politician who was President of Iran from August 2, 1997 to August 3, 2005 and was followed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Khatami studied Islamic theology in Qom, and philosophy in Isfahan. Khatami built upon the idea of a lawful state, called Rechtsstaat, of democracy and of social equality. He was the first Iranian president to officially do so. These tenets led to conflicts with the government of Iran. Khatami is seen as a reformist. He is currently a prominent supporter of the Iranian Green Movement, and a critic of the government.

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