Iran’s Presidential Race Takes an Unexpected Turn


ahmadinejadA day after two game-changing politicians signed up at the last minute as candidates for Iran’s presidential elections in June, the country’s governing establishment reacted angrily, predicting that they would not be allowed to participate or that they would definitely lose.

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a protégé of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, both signed up at the end of a five-day period for registration on Saturday, shocking their opponents who had bet on their preferred candidates being the only ones running in the June 14 election.

The governing establishment, a loose alliance of conservative Shiite Muslim clerics and Revolutionary Guards commanders who hold sway over the country’s judiciary, security forces, Parliament and state news media, came out in full force on Sunday, attacking the candidates.

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