Abdollah Nouri's supporters describe him as man of principle who is willing to defend his beliefs.
These qualities, they say, make Nouri the only reformist figure who can bring real change to Iran. And by real changes, they mean changes to Iran's Islamic political structure, where the real power lies in the hands of the supreme leader.
While former President Mohammad Khatami is the main reformist candidate in Iran's June elections, some democracy activists would like to see Nouri, a former Interior Minister and publisher, as their candidate. Khatami's reforms were temporary and failed to turn Iran into a democratic country, they say.
For many in Iran, Nouri -- who in 1999 was charged with using his newspaper to undermine the state and sentenced to five years in prison -- is a symbol of resistance against the conservative establishment.
"He can be, as he has said it himself, a key element in changing the constitution," human-rights activist Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi told RFE/RL in a recent interview.
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