Next Iranian president likely to offer more diplomacy and less bombast than Ahmadinejad

May 4, 2013 5:04 PM

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Next Iranian president likely to offer more diplomacy and less bombast than Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Iran – For eight years, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has played the role of global provocateur-in-chief: questioning the Holocaust, saying Israel should be erased from the map and painting U.N resolutions as worthless. His provocative style grated inside Iran as well — angering the country's supreme leader to the point of warning the presidency could be abolished.

Now, a race is beginning to choose his successor and it looks like an anti-Ahmadinejad referendum is shaping up. Candidate registration starts Tuesday for the June 14 vote.

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