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Rafsanjani excluded from Iran presidential election

Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced his candidacy this month for the June 14 presidential election, inspiring hope of genuine choice on a slate of candidates otherwise beholden to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The conservative clerics of the Guardian Council on Tuesday rejected Rafsanjani's bid, as well as that of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hand-picked candidate.Vahid Salemi / Associated Press
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