Ahmadinejad excluded, Rouhani and Raisi set for showdown in Iranian elections

Will Conroy in Prague April 21, 2017

In striking down the wildcard candidacy of the hardline ex-president, Iran’s Guardian Council appears to have set up a two-horse race.

Rouhani and Raisi to contest Iranian election with Ahmadinejad disqualified

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2017

Guardian Council bars shock candidacy of ex-president, pitting moderate incumbent against hardline cleric seen as next Supreme Leader.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Nuclear deal looms large as Iran’s presidential election approaches

Yigal Chazan of Alaco April 13, 2017

Ebrahim Raisi has emerged as a strong conservative contender who can take advantage of disappointment with the meagre dividends from the end of sanctions.

Election officials "stunned" as Ahmadinejad registers to run for Iranian presidency

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2017

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, polarising hardline president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, unexpectedly registers to run in May presidential race despite Supreme Leader's advice not to.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

Pragmatic Russia-Iran relationship fails to deepen

Will Conroy in Prague March 31, 2017

Tehran wary of becoming bargaining chip in Moscow's relations with Washington despite makeshift alliance and shared goals.

Putin praises “good neighbour” Iran as Rouhani visits Kremlin

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2017

Leaders discuss energy investments, expanding trade, Russian use of Iranian air bases, and defence sales

Turkish Halkbank executive detained in US in Iran sanctions probe

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2017

International operations manager at state-owned bank accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars with Iranian-Turkish gold trader.

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