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INU - While the elimination of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from presidential candidacy on the order of Ali Khamenei has caused a deep rift within the regime, and even within the Guardian Council, Khamenei has ordered his cronies to support the decision of the Guardian Council and to neutralize pressures from inside the regime for a State Order to re-instate Rafsanjani.

INU– Iranian regime’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants a close ally and relative elected in his place in June - and is threatening to cancel the election if he fails, a senior Iranian regime cleric has claimed.

The revelations by Mehdi Taeb to the Nasim online news agency are more evidence of bitter infighting between rival factions in the regime.

Taeb - head of Ammar Garrison - also claimed that Ahmadinejad was trying to sow discord in society and believed that holding the election in three months time was 'useless'.

He told the state-run Nasim news agency on March 26 that Ahmadinejad was pushing for his chief-of-staff and family

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