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Iran vote overseers may bar ex-leader from ballot

Panel cites lack of vigor; critics say regime fears him

TEHRAN — Iran’s election overseers said Monday they will bar candidates who are physically weak from running in next month’s presidential election, a reference to a former leader seen as a threat to hard-liners.

Ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s entry in the race scrambled the equations because of his popularity, reputation, and potential to draw voters away from conservatives.

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