Iran’s Ahmadinejad leaves trail of guesses about his future

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All would likely strike a milder tone on the world stage than Mr. Ahmadinejad.

Of the five presidents since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, only two have moved on to prominent roles after leaving office: Ayatollah Khamenei and Mr. Rafsanjani, who also is a foe of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s dating back to the 2005 presidential election race.

Ahmadinejad is now far away from the axis of power,” Mr. Bavand said. “He is now a figure with lots to say but no real clout.”

Associated Press writer Ali Akbar Dareini in Tehran contributed to this report.

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