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Rouhani, rival to run in Iran's presidential election, Ahmadinejad barred

April 20, 2017 7:24 PM
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Rouhani, rival to run in Iran's presidential election, Ahmadinejad barred

BEIRUT Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi were both approved to run in May's presidential election by a government vetting body, while former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disqualified, state media reported on Thursday.

The approval of Rouhani, a moderate, and Raisi, a political hardliner thought to have the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sets up a showdown between rival political camps.

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