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Iran's supreme leader tells former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run again

Iran's supreme leader tells former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run again

With political pressure mounting on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ahead of elections next year, Tehran has been abuzz with rumors that combative former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was considering a comeback.

Not so fast, Iran’s supreme leader said Monday.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, told an audience that Ahmadinejad had asked his advice on whether to run for president next May, and that he had responded that it was “not in the best interests of the country.”

“Society is divided,” said Khamenei, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. “Unity among officials and people should...

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