Protege of Iran’s Ahmadinejad vows comeback

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A protege of Iran’s outgoing president says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies will make a comeback as a future force in Iranian politics.

A report Tuesday by the pro-reform Shargh daily quotes Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as saying Ahmadinejad and his loyalists will “return” to power someday.

Ahmadinejad will be replaced in August by president-elect Hasan Rouhani, who won nearly 51 percent of the votes in the June 15 balloting.

Ahmadinejad was banned under Iran’s constitution from running for a third consecutive term, but he could run in some future presidential election.

His protege, Mashaei, was disqualified from running by the country’s election overseers.

Ahmadinejad reportedly appealed three times to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei but the efforts failed to restore Mashaei as a candidate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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