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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’s Supreme Leader Says U.S. Lifted Sanctions Only On Paper

DUBAI, April 27 – Iran‘s Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told hundreds of workers that a global deal, signed between Iran and world powers, had lifted financial sanctions, but U.S. obstruction was stopping Iran getting

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Iran’s Pragmatic Rouhani Cheers Election Wins, Says Gov’t Stronger

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN, Feb 28  – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earned an emphatic vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could accelerate the Islamic Republic’s emergence from years of isolation. While gains by moderates and reformists in Friday’s polls were most evident in the

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Iran Starts Election Count to Set Post-Sanctions Power Balance

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN, Feb 27 – Iran started counting tens of millions of votes on Saturday after hotly contested elections that could see reformists speed up Tehran’s opening to the world or long-dominant hardliners reassert the Islamic Republic’s traditional anti-Westernism. The twinned elections for parliament and a leadership body called the Assembly of Experts

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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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Iran’s Khamenei Warns of U.S. “Deceit”

DUBAI, Jan 19 – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday welcomed the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, but warned that Tehran should remain wary of its old enemy the United States. State television reported that Khamenei wrote to President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on implementing the nuclear deal, which resulted in

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