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As we close in to the sham presidential elections in Iran, former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also entered the factional disputes and, as promised, has focused his attacks against other regime officials. There are speculations over his target being Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or President Hassan Rouhani.

 By INU Staff 

INU - On Wednesday, PanArmenian reported upon remarks that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had made regarding the nation’s forthcoming presidential election, during his televised speech on the occasion of the Iranian New Year celebration of Nowruz. Khamenei said he would “confront anyone who wants to tamper with the results of the people’s vote,” and he went on to specifically connect this to the 2009 mass uprisings that resulted from accusations that the government had manipulated the outcome of that year’s election in order to preserve the presidency of the infamous hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who would like to reinstate a fundamentalist commander in chief, plans to nominate seven or eight candidates to compete against President Hassan Rouhani in the upcoming presidential elections, Iran-based sources said.

On Monday, Agence-France Presse reported that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had joined the Twitter social networking and micro-blogging platform, in spite of the fact that his presidency had been instrumental in the banning of the site throughout the Islamic Republic. The move is the latest in a series of indicators that the regime’s hardline faction may be changing its tactics with regard to certain technologies, even as it continues to combat social media and the internet in other areas.

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal published a report on Iran’s national response to the death last weekend of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The announcement of his death coincided with the clerical regime declaring three days of nationwide mourning for the mullah who had played a major role in the founding of the Islamic Republic. Many Western reports of Rafsanjani’s death emphasized his supposed distance from that regime in his later years, particularly following his support for some of the grievances voiced by the Green Movement in 2009.

By INU Staff

INU - On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had recommended that a potentially divisive presidential candidate not run in next year’s race, in which President Hassan Rouhani is expected to seek reelection. Although the identity of that potential candidate was not initially disclosed by the supreme leader, it was generally understood that his comments referred to Rouhani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is eligible to run again after having served two terms and taken one term off. Recently, Ahmadinejad has reportedly been touring the country, fueling rumors of his plans to return to national politics.


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