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A 12-year-old boy is running for Iran's presidency, and despite his age he has already honed his anti-Israel platform.


According to the boy, Koresh Mouzuni of Tehran, his top priority would be to "prevent the killing of children in the world, like what is happening in Gaza."

As for Israel, there is no doubt that the child has been inspired by his current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in regards to ways to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to Mouzuni, "I will buy Hawaii, Obama's birthplace, from the United States and lease it to Israelis who will go live there - so that they don’t kill the children in Gaza."

And what about the Iranian nuclear plan? The reporters asked the boy if he knew the meaning of "yellow cake" - one of the stages in the uranium enrichment process. He replied that "a president doesn’t have to know everything about nuclear energy and know how to enrich uranium himself. He must know how to manage things."

According to the report, a Saddam-lookalike is also running. Not sure I quite get the campaign logic there.

-- Luke Allnutt

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