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Iran police detain presidential candidate’s aides

TEHRAN — Iranian police have arrested several people campaigning for a reformist candidate in this month’s presidential election, an aide said Sunday, as a senior official pledged to impose ideological limitations on the race.

Police picked up several supporters of candidate Hasan Rowhani after he delivered a speech Saturday night, his campaign manager, Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, told the semiofficial Mehr news agency.

‘‘Some people were detained on the street after leaving the meeting,’’ he said.

The June 14 election is to choose a replacement for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who cannot run for a third term. Authorities have already pared down the list of candidates to eight, disqualifying Ahmadinejad’s top aide and a former president who could have galvanized opposition to the harsh clerical system.

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That was a clear indication that Iran’s rulers did not want an open contest that could end up in a disputed outcome of the type that set off widespread riots when Ahmadinejad was reelected in 2009.

On Sunday, after the arrests, a top official warned that Rowhani and others would be limited in their election drive.

Associated Press