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Handlers at an end-of-Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr) ceremony tried to usher Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- an influential supporter of Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Musavi and critic of the June 12 election -- toward a spot next to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. They failed.

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