Iranian hardliners continue search for credible rival to Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has not yet formally declared he will stand for re-election but remains the clear front-runner in Iran’s 19 May poll. The Reformist Policymaking Council headed by Mohammed-Reza Aref on 12 March said it would support Rouhani, following a unanimous vote. Other reformist candidates may yet put themselves forward – a sensible strategy in case the Shora-ye Negahban-e Qanun-e Assassi (Guardian Council) decides to block Rouhani from running, as it has intimated it might.
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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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Oman Water and Wastewater Conference

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10 November

The MENA Britain Trade Expo 2017

QEII Centre, Westminster, London

13-17 November

Power Week

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4-6 December

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6-8 March

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