Iran presidential election drama

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Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

The small drama in Tehran on Saturday as two men rushed to register as presidential candidates before the 6 pm deadline is a useful reminder that while elections in Iran are not free and fair, neither are they fully scripted and devoid of surprises.

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