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Ahmed Khomeini, the son of Iran’s late ruler, indicated he is not running for president, virtually ensuring that Speaker of Parliament Hashemi Rafsanjani will win the post. In a letter to Parliament, Khomeini said he needs time to recover from the death of his father a month ago before considering his political future, according to Tehran Radio. Khomeini, known to have had presidential ambitions, was the only person seen able to pose a serious challenge to Rafsanjani in the July 28 election. In his letter, Khomeini reaffirmed his backing for senior leaders, including President Ali Khamenei.


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