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Iran’s ruling elite mocks presidential candidates

Surprise entries could reshape vote

TEHRAN — A day after two potentially game-changing politicians signed up at the last minute as candidates for Iran’s presidential elections in June, the country’s governing establishment reacted angrily, predicting that they would not be allowed to participate or that they would soundly lose.

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a protege of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, signed up at the end of a five-day period for registration on Saturday.

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