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Two main contenders sign up for Iran’s presidential election

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(Reuters) – Two of the main contenders to become Iran’s president, hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi and former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, registered on Saturday to run in next month’s election. The June 18 election to succeed President Hassan Rouhani is seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country’s clerical rulers who are hoping for a high turnout. Rouhani is barred by term limits from running again. But voter interest may be hit by rising discontent over an economy that has been crippled by U.S. sanctions reimposed after Washington exited a nuclear deal between Iran and major …

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