Two articles on Eurasianet.org

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IRAN: RAFSANJANI REVELATIONS UNDERMINE PRO-PRESIDENTIAL FORCES, by Kamal Nazer Yasin, 10/16/06:

As Iran gears up for important elections in December, members of the country’s political elite are focusing on domestic politics. Aliakbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, perhaps Iran’s wiliest politician, has thrown President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s neo-conservative allies on the defensive with a well-coordinated campaign to discredit the country’s Revolutionary Guards. (Read the whole long article on Eurasianet.org).

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Eurasia Insight: TAJIK PRESIDENT SEEMINGLY KEEN TO FOSTER COMPETITIVE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, by staff, 10/23/06:

The decision of Tajikistan’s main opposition parties not to field candidates for the country’s presidential election has rendered the outcome of the November 6 vote a foregone conclusion. Even so, the election campaign is proving unusual because President Imomali Rahmonov, the man virtually assured of winning re-election, seems to be going to great lengths to create the appearance of a competitive vote. (Read the whole long article on Eurasianet.org).

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