PROFILE: Becoming the president of Iran

What is it with the presidents of the Islamic Republic who always fair so badly in the grizzly power struggle in this religious dictatorship and who pulls the strings in the Islamic Republic?

There were eight candidates who were allowed to stand for Iran’s first ever presidential elections after the 1979 Islamic revolution. With the demise of Sadeq Tabatabaei on Saturday last week, only one of those eight remain alive today — Abolhasan Bani-Sadr who actually became the first president of Iran and was then toppled by the hardline clergy and has lived in exile in France ever since.