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    Coming up June 14, 686 candidates registered to run, but only 8 declared eligible to run, and Paddy Power is not running a book. What's the world coming to?

    Top news: A governing body of the Iranian government issued its list of approved presidential candidates and excluded two leading contenders -- Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei -- a decision that all but guarantees that the next Iranian president will be drawn from a conservative slate of candidates considered close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


    Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, is seen as a favorite among centrist, urban youth and as someone who might be wiling to introduce some liberal economic reforms and allow more personal freedoms. Mashaei, who has been endorsed by current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, fell out with the ruling clerics over his more liberal interpretation of Islam. Neither man is an out and out reformer, but the two men with significant popular followings of their own at least represent a challenge to the ruling establishment's choke-hold on power.


    Their exclusion now puts the spotlight on a group of eight men approved as candidates by the Guardian Council that includes Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator; Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, the mayor of Tehran; Ali Akbar Velayati, the Ayatollah's foreign policy advisor; and Hassan Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator. Of these men, only Rowhani has shown a willingness -- and a mild one at that -- to break with the regime.

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    In Iran Race, All 8 Candidates Toe Hard Line on Nuclear Might

    By THOMAS ERDBRINK

    If its presidential campaign is any indication, the tough sanctions the Obama administration imposed on Iran seem to have only stiffened its will to resist compromise on its nuclear program.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22940220

    President-elect Hassan Rouhani is saying all the right things....

    Key stumbling block

    "Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent," Mr Rouhani told a packed hall in the capital Tehran.

    "But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks," he said.
    Also talking about healing old wounds with the US...
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    Friday's elections this year were Parliamentary, not presidential. They had a 60% turnout. 290 seats plus an 88 seat special assembly to choose "supreme religious leader".
    Final results wont be known til Tuesday, but it looks like Prez Rouhani's people, the moderate reformers are going to take all 30 seats reserved for Tehran, and are doing well outside Tehran also. Good omens.
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    Just change the year in the thread title...........


    HE'S BACK -- "In surprise move, Iran's Ahmadinejad to run for president,"by AP's Amir Vahdat in Tehran and Jon Gambrell in Dubai: "Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday unexpectedly filed to run in the country's May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Ahmadinejad's decision will upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers. ... [M]any hard-liners in Iran seek a tough-talking candidate to rally around who can stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump." http://apne.ws/2nDwHYN
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