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Iran’s Ahmadinejad says Will Not Make Presidential Comeback Bid

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Sept 27  – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not run for president in next year’s Iranian election, he said on Tuesday, bowing to the wishes of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who warned his candidacy would increase divisions in Iran. “In carrying out the intentions of the leader of the revolution, I have

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Tells Ahmadinejad Not to Run Again For President

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Sept 26  – Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on Monday, effectively eliminating a major challenger to pragmatist incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Ahmadinejad had not announced any plans to run in the vote scheduled for May, but

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Iran Assembly Head Wins Initial Re-Rlection Vote: State Media

DUBAI, May 29 – Moderate conservative Ali Larijani was re-elected on Sunday as the temporary speaker of Iran’s new parliament which is dominated by first-term deputies. Larijani, who had cooperated closely with the government of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani in approving Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers last year, won 173 votes in the 290-seat

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Iranian Hopefuls Start Campaigning for Parliamentary Runoffs

ANKARA, April 21 – Campaigning for Iran’s parliamentary runoffs next week began on Thursday, state radio reported, when allies of President Hassan Rouhani and their hardline rivals will compete to secure a majority after an inconclusive election earlier this year. Rouhani supporters made big gains in a general election in February, especially in Tehran. They

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Rouhani Allies Win Most Tehran Seats in Clerical Body

DUBAI, Feb 29 – President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won 15 out of the 16 Tehran seats in the Assembly of Experts, final election results published on Monday showed, ousting two prominent hardliners including the speaker of the powerful clerical body. The results, carried on state news agency IRNA, suggest conservatives may lose their

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Moderates Could Gain Influence Over Choice of Next Leader in Iran Vote

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Feb 21 – Iran’s Assembly of Experts, made up mostly of elderly clerics, has not mattered much for years. The body’s main task is choosing Iran’s supreme leader, but that job has not come vacant since 1989. This time it’s different. Given the ailing health of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,

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