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Iran elections have history of dark horses

Election season is under way in Iran and the rumour mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.

Ahmadinejad barred as Iran Guardians pick vote candidates

Former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred from running in next month's election Thursday while President Hassan Rouhani was among six candidates approved by Iran's conservative-controlled Guardian Council, state media reported.

Iran bans live election debates

Iran's interior ministry said Thursday there would be no live debates in the run-up to next month's presidential election.

Iran elections: top candidates

Registration to run in Iran's election on May 19 closed on Saturday, with more than 1,600 hopefuls throwing their hats in the ring.

Iran must be hospitable to foreign investors: Rouhani

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that his country must be hospitable to foreign businessmen, two days after a high-profile Iranian-American and his father were jailed for 10 years as spies.

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