Iran’s Ahmadinejad, on his way out, looks like he is on the campaign trail

TEHRAN — Three months before Iranians vote for a new president, the election is shaping up to be livelier and more contentious than many expected.

And the man who has no chance of winning — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from running because of term limits — is taking advantage of the competitive political landscape with populist moves widely seen as aimed at shoring up support for his preferred successor. Increasingly, his many rivals seem to be worried that it is working.

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