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Top figures barred from Iran's June ballot

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

Iran's state TV says overseers of next month's presidential election have rejected a top aide of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a former president who revived hopes of reformers.

   The announcement Tuesday listed eight candidates for the June 14 ballot. All are closely linked to Iran's ruling system.

   Not on the list were Ahmadinejad protege Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

   The election will pick a successor to Ahmadinejad, who cannot run again because of term limits

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