Iran’s president appeals to top leader to add candidates

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says he wrote the country’s supreme leader to protest a decision by an election watchdog to reject high-profile nominees for the June 18 presidential election. Rouhani in a weekly Cabinet meeting Wednesday said he wished Iran’s Guardian Council would give more would-be candidates the opportunity to run. The council on Tuesday barred former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, a conservative who allied with Rouhani in recent years, from running. It also nixed the candidacies of current senior vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani says: “Yesterday, I had no choice but to send a letter to supreme leader to see if he can help.”

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