September 26, 2016

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Iran's supreme leader tells Ahmadinejad not to run again for president (Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, 9/26/16, Reuters)

[T]he instruction by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported by state news agency IRNA, effectively destroys his chances of getting the wider backing he would need to run a successful campaign.

"He (Ahmadinejad) came to me and I told him not to stand as I think it is not in his interest and that of the country," Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"It will create bipolar opposites and divisions in the country which I believe is harmful," Khamenei added.

Rouhani's popularity surged after last year's deal with world powers that lifted most sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

Posted by at September 26, 2016 3:39 PM

  

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