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Rift between Iran's ayatollah and re-elected president widens


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Guardian -
 Hassan Rouhani questions political legitimacy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after supreme leader embarrassed president at high-profile meeting.


The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, walks under a picture of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/APView more sharing options

Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent

Tensions are mounting between Iran's supreme leader and the country's president after the latter's landslide victory in last month's election.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 78, has sharpened his criticism of the reformist president, Hassan Rouhani, including humiliating him in a meeting of the country's most senior officials.

A hardliner keen to preserve his legacy, Khamenei is

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Ahmadinejad faces pressure after failed presidential bid

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Al-monitor -
 On May 29, Iranian law enforcement officers along with staff from the presidency confiscated a building in east Tehran used by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's bodyguards. In response, the former president's office issued a statement putting the responsibility for any potential harm to Ahmadinejad on the administration of President Hassan Rouhani, the judiciary and the Ansar-ul-Mahdi Corps, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) unit tasked with protecting top

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Rafsanjani's son man favorite in battle for Tehran mayorship

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Al-monitor -
 Iranian Reformists are now faced with the desirable, but highly contentious challenge of electing a new mayor of Tehran following sweeping victories in May 19 city council and village elections. Even the Reformists themselves did not expect to gain control of every council seat in the capital. Their decisive victory, however, has brought to the fore serious internal differences over whom to select as the next mayor. At present, Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani

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Iranian hard-liners use Tehran attacks to snipe at Rouhani

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Al-monitor -
 In the aftermath of the June 7 terrorist attacks in Tehran claimed by the Islamic State (IS), Iranian Reformists and moderates have sought to overcome the heightened factional divisions lingering from the recent presidential elections. Indeed, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, Mohammad Reza Aref and Mostafa Tajzadeh among many other Reformist politicians have called for national unity. In contrast, conservative and hard-line

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Second-term Rouhani likely to move closer to Russia

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Al-monitor -
 After weeks of heated campaigning and controversial televised debates, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani managed to secure a second term in the May 19 presidential elections. Now, with electoral passions considerably eased, the question of possible change in both Iran's domestic and foreign policy is being seriously raised, leading many observers to debate Rouhani's priorities and approaches in his second term.


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