Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson banned from running in Iran election after losing appeal

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 6:38 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - The grandson of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, will not be allowed to stand in this month's election in Iran after losing his appeal against a ban, the clerical vetting body said on Wednesday.

Hassan Khomeini, 43, was the first member of the Khomeini family to register for an election, making him a highly symbolic ally of the moderate President Hassan Rouhani

A power struggle between Iranian conservatives on one side and reformists and moderates on the other has intensified since the removal last month of international economic sanctions against Tehran following its nuclear agreement with the West.

(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Angus MacSwan)