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Insight: Iran's Khamenei seen tightening his grip in vote to replace Ahmadinejad

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The presidential campaign season in Iran this year started with a warning. During a visit to the holy city of Qom in mid-January, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a packed crowd that both internal and external enemies may try to undermine the vote.Full story

Protest forces Iran assembly speaker to cut short speech: media

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani had to cut short a public speech on Sunday after people threw shoes and prayer tablets at him, semi-official media reported, disclosing an unusual act of aggression against a senior official. Full story

Iranian ex-prosecutor arrested as power struggle flares

DUBAI (Reuters) - A former Iranian prosecutor linked to the deaths of anti-government protesters was arrested on Tuesday as a public showdown between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his big political rival, Ali Larijani, gathers pace. Full story

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