Analysis: Ahmadinejad, Iran’s Greatest Foil, Is Back In The Spotlight

IMG_0131He’s back. The white polyester shirt that glistens in the light; the salesman’s shark-toothed grin; the restless arms, always waving and throwing victory signs: Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s combative and polarizing former president, has reentered the political spotlight. His decision to register to run in the presidential election slated for May 19 followed weeks of speculation over what the former president was doing behind the scenes — and still came as a complete surprise. Following his controversy-marred presidency — he served two terms, from 2005 to 2013 — Ahmadinejad had fallen from favor with the clerical establishment, lost his role as a mouthpiece for fiery hard-line rhetoric, and retreated into obscurity. He was not expected to enter frontline politics again……Read More

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