Game Changing Politicians from Iran

New York Times INTERNATIONAL Monday, May 13, 2013           

 2 Presidential Candidates in Iran Draw Resentment, by Thomas Erdbrink

TEHRAN–“A 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 protege of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani signed up at the end of a five-day registration period on Saturday, shocking opponents who had bet on their preferred candidates being the only ones running in the June 14 election…

The two late entries took away focus from the establishment’s candidates: Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei: Saeed Jalili, Iran’s nuclear negotiator; and Mohammed Baqer Qualibaf, the mayor of Tehran, the capital.”

 

 

 

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