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Khamenei defied over poll crisis

Reformist lawmakers have broken a taboo and publicly challenged Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the country’s political crisis. The MPs demanded the ayatollah explain his role in the ban on thousands of candidates in this week’s elections. The bans were made by the right-wing Council of Guardians, whose 12 members are appointed by Ayatollah Khamenei. Analysts say the move, by MPs who have resigned from parliament, is an extraordinary break with protocol. They questioned the leader defiantly on several key points that he has made during the debate over the disqualifications. Full Story

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