Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accused Iran’s rulers on Sunday of being intolerant, saying they have closed the door on constructive criticism.

Rafsanjani, one of the main figures in Iran’s opposition movement, also called on protesters opposing the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to express their views “within the framework of law.”

“The situation in the country is such that constructive criticism is not accepted,” Rafsanjani told a gathering of students in the northern city of Mashhad, according to ILNA news agency.

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