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Iran bars Ahmadinejad from re-running for president


Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) flashes the victory sign during the registration his candidacy on April 12. On Thursday he was disqualified from running again. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

April 20 (UPI) — Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose diatribes against the United States and Israel made him a polarizing figure, was barred Thursday from running again.

The clerical Guardian Council, which vets Iran’s political candidates, disqualified Ahmadinejad without explanation. He was one of hundreds of potential candidates blocked from running in May’s presidential election.

Ahmadinejad, who served two terms from 2005-13, was among 1,600 applicants even though the clerical body usually selects only six candidates.

President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi, considered the leading challenger to Rouhani, were among six candidates approved for the May 19 vote.

Ahmadinejad, a defendant is several pending cases, surprised the nation by submitting his name because Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, told him not to run.

Hamid Baghaie, a close ally of Ahmadinejad who faces embezzlement charges, also was disqualified.

Source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/20/Iran-bars-Ahmadinejad-from-re-running-for-president/1451492738769/

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