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Iran leader denounces 'unworthy' election rhetoric in veiled swipe at Rouhani

Iran leader denounces 'unworthy' election rhetoric in veiled swipe at Rouhani

Iran leader denounces 'unworthy' election rhetoric in veiled swipe at Rouhani

DUBAI/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the heated rhetoric of Iran’s presidential election campaign on Wednesday as “unworthy”, a thinly-veiled rebuke of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani’s attacks on his main conservative challenger. The withdrawal of other conservative candidates has turned Friday’s election into an unexpectedly tight two-horse race between Rouhani, 68, and hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a 56-year-old protege of the supreme leader. Khamenei’s intervention could help sway the vote by signaling dissatisfaction with Rouhani’s conduct.

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