Those following the upcoming Iranian elections will know of the three-fold competition in Iranian politics that became clear in recent weeks. Apart from the conservative candidates supported by Supreme Leader Khamenei there was Esfiandar Mashei, the longtime favorite of current President Ahmadinejad, and there was the candidacy of former President Rafsanjani, whom many saw as a possible reformist.
Now this competition seems at an end, with Iran’s Guardian Council, in charge of vetting candidates for the Presidency, banning all but Khamenei’s favored candidates. So both Mashei and Rafsanjani will not be allowed to run. More on the implications of this decision is sure to follow.