Iranian reformist Aref drops out of presidential race
DUBAI - Reformist former Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn from Iran's June 14 presidential election, according to a statement from him carried by the ISNA news agency on Tuesday.

Aref, the sole reformist in the race, said he received a message from reformist former President Mohammad Khatami on Monday evening saying Aref's remaining in the race was not "expedient."
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