By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
The front page of Iran's "Ebtekar" daily is a good indication of how many Iranians felt when they heard the news that former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- one of the pillars of the Islamic establishment -- had been banned from running in next month's vote.
The headline in red reads: "Great Shock"
The exclusion of Rafsanjani from the vote paves the way for the Islamic establishment to bring a loyalist to power.
(Read more about the significance and implications of the Guardians Council's decision here.)
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