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Topic - Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
As soon as the results of the Iranian elections were announced, the world's media proclaimed that a "moderate and reformist" cleric, Hasan Rowhani, would become the new president of Iran.
A reformist candidate bowed out Tuesday of Iran's presidential election, boosting the chances of the last remaining pro-reform candidate who wants better ties with the West.
Iran's June 14 elections are expected to produce a president loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and not improve prospects for an end to the country's nuclear standoff with the West or its support for President Bashar Assad's embattled regime in Syria.
Every four years, the Islamic Republic of Iran engages in a closely choreographed farce of elections, aimed at maintaining the illusion that the Iranian people have a say in how their country is governed.
When it comes to the financial markets, it is a rule of thumb that past success is a poor indicator of future performance. Sadly, it turns out, that's also the case with political science.
A former president of Iran is calling on the Islamic republic to negotiate with the United States to avoid "an adventurous policy" involving Iranian-backed anti-Israel proxies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Iranian extremists have turned that idea upside down, when, for example, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani purportedly quipped that "the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything."
he said that Muslim nations should acquire nuclear weapons as a counterweight to Israel's alleged nuclear arsenal.