552 men and 40 women signed up for Iran’s presidential elections in June. However, the list of promising candidates is much shorter.
Tehran (AP) – In Iran, the Interior Ministry registered nearly 600 candidates for the presidential election on June 18. The Interior Ministry announced that 40 women and 552 men were among the 592 applicants.
All applicants must now be checked and confirmed by the so-called Guardian Council. The names of the presidential candidates will be published by the end of the month.
The list of the most promising candidates contains nearly 30 names. Among them are Vice-President E Schakel Jahangiri, Chief of Justice Ebrahim Raisi and former Speaker of Parliament and nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. Ex-President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, the reformer and former women’s representative in the presidential office, Sahra Shodjaei, and Mohsen Haschemi Rafsanjani, a son of the late former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, have thrown their hats into the ring. President Hassan Ruhani is no longer allowed to participate after two terms in office.
Despite the many applicants, it will amount to a three-way battle between the reformer Jahangiri, the arch-conservative hardliner Raeissi and Larijani, who is considered moderately conservative, according to the Iranian media assessment. Ex-President Ahmadinejad is expected to be rejected by the Guardian Council for his harsh criticism of the electoral system.
The sheer number of applicants is due to a law that virtually any Iranian can apply for the office of president. While the Guardian Council prescribes certain criteria, including four years of political work experience, the Home Office must still accept any application. However, the majority of applicants are rejected by the Guardian Council.
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