Rouhani-Raisi set for vote battle, Ahmadinejad barred

BEIRUT – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi were both approved to run in May’s presidential election by a government vetting body, while former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disqualified, state media reported on Thursday. The approval of Mr Rouhani, a moderate, and Mr Raisi, a political hardliner thought to have the backing […]

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