The Green Path of Hope
|Spokesperson||Ardeshir Amir Arjomand|
|Founded||August 15, 2009 (founded 6 years ago)|
|National affiliation||Reform Movement
The Green Path of Hope (Persian: شورای هماهنگی راه سبز امید) is an Iranian association established by Iranian presidential campaign candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, on August 15, 2009, as the organizational body of Green Movement. Mousavi described it as the "countless self-initiated and independent social networks" which form the body of Green Movement. It has also been mentioned as a "political front" in media.
According to Mousavi's advisor, Ali Reza Beheshti, Mousavi himself chose the name. He chose "Path", to avoid words such as "party" or "movement", "green", because of the green color symbol used by protesters, and "hope", because he had promised to establish a government of "hope" if elected.
The Green Path of Hope seeks to continue protests against the legitimacy of Ahmadinejad's presidency following lawful and peaceful ways, and the full execution of the constitution, as Mousavi says:
|“||You can't follow some parts of the constitution and throw the rest into a bin.||”|
Mousavi did not name his movement as a political party or even as a movement, but a "path", because, according to Iranian law, parties and movements need to be authorized by the Interior Ministry and since Mousavi does not recognize the government as legitimate and the ministry is unlikely to grant him permission, he chose this name to bypass the law.
Mousavi is quoted in describing the movement:
|“||The Green Path of Hope is formed for the sake of people’s rightful demands and for claiming their rights... the color green is the symbol of this movement; its slogan is demanding the impeccable implementation of the constitution, and innumerable self-motivated independent societies form the body of this movement.||”|
According to organization officials, the movement functions on a campaign basis, including political parties, NGO's and social networks. Referring to the new movement, Mousavi has said "The Green Path of Hope is formed for the sake of people's rightful demands and for claiming their denied rights". He pointed that autonomous and spontaneous social networks in community are part of this movement. "During election our mottos chose and remained in constitutional frame work, today we are devoted to those slogans" he said. "We believe if people's demands were treated fairly and instead of using media to link spontaneous movements to foreigners, government promoted truth by fair criticism, they could satisfy public views", he added.
The way has six main members of the central council, that are connected to the reformist parties and movements, NGOs, and the social networks. The main body will be the ordinary protesters. The method is to create pressure from the lower parts of the society and make them connected in a social network, and therefore to lead the protests in a lawful way.
Members of the Central Council
The Green Path of Hope has three central leaders. Hossein Ali Montazeri also had a leading role in the movement in the earlier phase of the movement.
|1||Mir-Hossein Mousavi||Former Prime Minister||1942||Independent|
|2||Mehdi Karroubi||Former Chairman of Parliament||1937||National Trust Party|
|3||Zahra Rahnavard||Former Chancellor of Alzahra University||1945||Independent|
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