By Hossein Jaseb

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A reformist challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Iran’s Basij militia and armed forces on Saturday not to intervene in June’s presidential election, countering comments from a senior commander.

The comments from cleric Mehdi Karoubi, a former parliamentary speaker, highlighted concern among moderates that the hardline president will win crucial support from the Basij religious militia in his bid for a second four-year term.

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