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Middle East After 8 defiant years, Ahmadinejad leaves Iran isolated and cash-strapped

Iran's most divisive president since the 1979 revolution initially won praise, but his successor is now tasked with undoing the damage Ahmadinejad wrought at home and abroad.

By Staff writer / August 2, 2013

Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today ascended to the global stage one last time, capping his tumultuous eight-year presidency with an anti-Israel harangue that made no mention of the political damage he is widely perceived as inflicting upon the Islamic Republic and its leadership.