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Tehran Mayor Narrowly Reelected

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf (file photo) (AFP) May 9, 2007 -- Conservative former presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was narrowly reelected mayor of Tehran today.

Qalibaf was chosen by the City Council, which was itself elected in December in a popular vote that was seen as a victory for moderate conservatives.

Qalibaf is a former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander who ran for president in 2005.

The mayoral post is often regarded as a springboard for national politics, and was previously held by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

(AFP, dpa, AP)

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