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Iran approves six candidates out of 80 for presidential election

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June 09, 2024

Iran’s Guardian Council, an appointed council made up of six clerics and six jurists charged with interpreting Iran’s constitution, has excluded a large majority of candidates from the upcoming presidential election.

A snap election was called because the previous incumbent, Ebrahim Raisi, was killed in a helicopter accident on May 19.

A total of 80 people applied to run in the June 28 presidential election, however, only six candidates have been approved, a spokesman for the electoral authority said on Sunday on state television.

The controversial former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the conservative former parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, who was still considered a favourite, were denied the chance to run in the election.

Moderate politicians and candidates from the reform camp were also barred from running.

From the ultra-conservative camp there is Saeed Jalili, a hardliner and former chief nuclear negotiator. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf is the incumbent speaker of parliament and a former general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi is considered to be another hardliner and chairman of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veteran Affairs.

Masoud Pezeshkian has been tapped as a moderate candidate and is a former health minister.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi is an Islamic scholar and former minister of interior and justice who is said to have played a role in the mass executions of the 1980s. Finally, Alireza Sakani is the current mayor of Tehran.

Iran’s interim president, Mohammed Mochber, was seen as a promising candidate but did not even register for the election.

In Iran, unlike many other countries, the president is not the head of state, but does lead the government. The real power is concentrated in the hands of religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf shows his ink finger to the media as he registers his candidacy for Iran's upcoming presidential election. Rouzbeh Fouladi/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf shows his ink finger to the media as he registers his candidacy for Iran’s upcoming presidential election. Rouzbeh Fouladi/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

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