An Iranian cleric holds up a poster of presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, after the Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 31, 2013. Iranians have s

 

              An Iranian cleric holds up a poster of presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, Iran
An Iranian cleric holds up a poster of presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, after the Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 31, 2013. Iranians have seen it before: A youngish presidential candidate firing up crowds with fist-waving rants against the West, then displaying his Islamist bona fides with courtesy calls to hard-line clerics. Jalili, familiar to outsiders because of his prominence as a nuclear negotiator, has tried to distance himself from outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has fallen out with the clerical leadership that controls Iran. But he is employing the same strategy that worked for Ahmadinejad eight years ago _ and in the murky world of Iranian politics, where there are no credible polls and elections are a highly controlled affair, it has made him, for many, the presumed front-runner. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)