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Iran's Supreme Leader Deals Blow to Ahmadinejad's Chances of Presidential Re-Election

Iran’s most powerful figure has appeared to block any prospective attempt by former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to seek re-election next year by telling him not to run, state media reported Monday. Ahmadinejad, a hardline conservative in the Iranian elite, served two terms as Iranian president from 2005 to 2013. The call from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for him not to challenge in the May vote is a boost to moderate reformist Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to seek a second term.
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