Iran's Guardian Council Reject Rafsanjani's Bid to Run for President

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian authorities announced the names of eight candidates, qualified to run for the post of Islamic Republic's president, Tuesday evening, said the state-run Fars News website.

Former president and a close confidant of the late Ayatollah Khamenei, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was not named in the list distributed by the Iranian Interior Ministry.

Missing from the list is also Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, former chief of staff of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinajd and a close friend to him.

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