Middle East

Ahmadinejad defies supreme leader with comeback bid

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, and his close ally Hamid Baghaei flash the victory sign as they arrive at the Interior Ministry to register their candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Ahmadinejad on Wednesday unexpectedly filed to run in the country's May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 13, 2017, on page 1.

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