Reflections

A Familiar Figure Returns to Iran's Presidential Race

Apr 13, 2017 | 00:31 GMT
Despite announcing in September 2016 that he would not seek office again, on April 12, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered to run in the country's presidential election.
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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is taking another shot at the country's top political office. On Wednesday, the popular politician registered to run in Iran's presidential elections, set for May 19, despite announcing in late September 2016 that he would not seek office again at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's personal request. But registering and running are two different things. Iran's Guardian Council still has to approve Ahmadinejad's candidacy, and it may opt to disqualify him from the race, as the former president well understands. For Ahmadinejad, though, the Guardians Council's decision is beside the point....

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