Iran: Ahmadinejad challenges ally Mashaei's election ban

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is challenging the ban of close aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from the presidential election on June 14.

Ahmadinejad said he would take the issue up with Supreme Leader Ayatolla Ali Khamenei.

The President described Mashaei, his former chief of staff, as a "righteous person, beneficial for the country," according to ISNA news agency.

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