Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei slams exclusion of presidential candidates

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized the exclusion of several prominent candidates from participating in the country’s presidential elections this month. “In the process, some excluded candidates were wronged,” Khamenei said on national television on Friday. Both the principles of Islam and democracy apply in Iran, according to the leader, who has the final say – and veto power – in all strategic matters under the constitution. Khamenei’s criticism will likely prompt a revision of the decisions made by Iran’s electoral body. The election is scheduled for June 18. The bod…

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