Iran Bars Prominent Candidates from Ballot

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chief-iranian-nuclear-negotiator-saeed-jaliliIran’s Guardian Council disqualified former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, an aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from running for president.

The council approved eight names for the June 14 ballot including six ultraconservatives loyal to the regime, Iranian state-run television reported Tuesday.

They include two of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s top advisers: nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati. Read more here.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}

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