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"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Summer Books 2005," July 2, 2005

In Iran, an expected run-off for the presidency turned into an unsavory choice between evils: Tehran's ultra-Islamist mayor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rose to second place against top-runner Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Mr. Ahmadinejad's ascendancy sparked off allegations of vote-rigging, newspaper shut-downs, and a scramble among reformers to support hardliner-turned-pragmatist Rafsanjani.

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