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By INU Staff 

INU - In the third day of registration for the country’s presidential election, some domestic reports had claimed that as many as 500 people had put themselves forward as candidates. The Iran Project provides an even higher estimate, saying that after three days at least 638 candidates had been registered.

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INU - On Thursday, a day after former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised the world by registering as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, the Associated Press published an article purporting to outline why his candidacy matters and what impacts it might have on regional and global affairs. According to the article, “his entering the race could upend politics in the country of 80 million people,” and have substantial knock-on effects as a result.

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By INU Staff 

INU - Wednesday marked the second day of registration for would-be candidates in the upcoming Iranian elections, which will determine whether Hassan Rouhani retains the office for a second term as well as filling a number of local offices throughout the country. Various reports about the ongoing registration process seem to indicate that it is more likely to signify difficult for the hardline conservative factions of Iranian politics than for Rouhani’s pragmatist factions, which has been under fire from political adversaries for months.

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By INU Staff 

INU - On Tuesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran formally opened registration for its upcoming presidential elections. This move came less than a week after a newly-formed hardline coalition called the Popular Front of Revolutionary Forces gathered to vote for their five top choices to challenge the pragmatist incumbent Hassan Rouhani.

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The impact of the U.S. attack on the Shayrat airfield in Syria was immediately evident in terms of its effect on Iran’s presidential election. 

In an attempt to take advantage of the airstrike, various factions are trying to spin it to their favor, and use it against their opponents.

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By INU Staff 

INU - On Friday, an article looking back on the deaths of three prominent Iranian clerics and speculating on how they would affect President Hassan Rouhani’s bid for reelection this May was published in Al Monitor. The three individuals, Ayatollahs Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Abbas Vaez Tabasi and Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili were reportedly his main supporters in the clerical establishment, and if not for their deaths during the previous Iranian year they might have been helpful bulwarks against the rising tide of criticism that he faces from the hardline faction of Iranian politics.

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