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Iran's Leader Mixes Hope With Defiance in Davos Talk

Iran’s president, facing a deepening political crisis at home and persistent doubts abroad about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, brought a robust, if mixed, message of hope and defiance on Wednesday to this year’s World Economic Forum, a meeting of political and business leaders. President Mohammad Khatami of Iran, who threatened to resign last week after Iran’s conservative religious leaders disqualified about 3,600 candidates for parliamentary elections next month, said he hoped the elections would be free and competitive. But he left open the question of his own future. “My colleagues and I will be at the service of the people of Iran, and inshallah, hopefully, we will have a good election,” Mr. Khatami said at a news conference, using the phrase for “God willing.” Full Story

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