Ahmadinejad plotting to be replaced by close ally – or scrap election, senior cleric claims

in-law Esfandiari Rahim Mashaei – described by rivals as a ‘deviant’ who wanted to undermine Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – nominated as a candidate ahead of the June 14 polling day.

He added: “The main aim of this devious faction is that the government does not hold the election, and their second goal is to persuade people that participating in the elections is useless. Their goal is to deviate the system away from its main objective.”

 

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