Iran's candidate list expected Wednesday

TEHRAN, May 21 (UPI) -- The final list of candidates allowed to compete in the June 14 Iranian presidential elections is to be released Wednesday, an interior minister said.

As many as 40 names to be on Iranian ballot

TEHRAN, May 20 (UPI) -- There may be as many as 40 candidates on the ballot when Iranians vote June 14 to select their next president, a Guardian Council spokesman said.

Iran's Rafsanjani draws conservative criticism

TEHRAN, May 17 (UPI) -- Iranian presidential hopeful Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has a history of making "huge" political mistakes, a conservative rival candidate contends.

Critics line up against Iran's Rafsanjani

TEHRAN, May 15 (UPI) -- The political record of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani should be examined given his last-minute bid for president, his critics said.

Daughter of Iran's Rafsanjani freed

TEHRAN, March 20 (UPI) -- The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was released from prison after serving a six-month term, her lawyer said.

Britain sees culture of repression in Iran

LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- There's a "cynical attempt" by Tehran to silence domestic opponents of the Iranian government, British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said.

Iran pressed on political freedoms

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Iranian authorities are called on by the United Nations to take measures that ensure the political system is open to all voices, a special envoy said.

Early concerns raised for Iranian election

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said an "obsessive" campaign in Iran against journalists and rights lawyers suggest the country has no interest in a free political system.

The Foggy Bottom puzzle

BRUSSELS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The author says a Foreign Policy issue that looked at the Iranian nuclear controversy wasn't hard enough on Tehran and its plans.
PAULO CASACA, UPI Outside View Commentator

Rafsanjani rules out presidential bid

TEHRAN, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Iranian leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said he wasn't considering a bid to run for the Iranian presidency in next year's election.

Iranian crackdown concerns United Nations

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The U.N. Human Rights Office expressed serious concern over recent arrests in Iran of political activists and human rights defenders.

Pro-reform voices emerge in Iran

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- An Iranian political leader said it was time for pro-reform movements to return to the country's political landscape for the sake of the country.
Clerical backers dominate Iranian election

Clerical backers dominate Iranian election

TEHRAN, March 5 (UPI) -- A victory for supporters of Iran's supreme leader is a sign of a shift toward a possible parliamentary system, an exiled former lawmaker said.

As elections near, Iran eyeing Arab Spring

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- With parliamentary elections set for this year, Iranians are reviewing last year's Arab uprisings intently, a Middle East scholar notes.

Rafsanjani daughter sentenced in Iran

TEHRAN, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An Iranian court said the daughter of a former Iranian president was sentenced to jail and barred from political life for making claims against the state.
Mir Hossein Mousavi
Iranian former prime minister and leading reformist candidate in the upcoming presidential election Mir-Hossein Mousavi shows his stumped finger before he casts his vote for presidential election in Tehran, Iran on June 12, 2009. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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