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Iran’s Rafsanjani Grabs The Lead In Presidential Race

By staking his claim to Iran’s political centre and pledging to fend off religious hardliners, powerful Iranian cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has emerged as a clear front-runner in the race to become the Islamic republic’s next president, analysts say. In a three-page statement that formally kicked off his campaign for the June 17 vote, Rafsanjani said he was seeking to take back the Islamic republic’s number-two job in order to protect the regime and the fundamental freedoms of its citizens from “extremist tendencies”.Full Story

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