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Six Candidates To Run For Presidential Election In Iran

Iran’s Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, has approved six candidates to run for president in snap elections to be held later this month after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

On the list are Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Iran’s hardline parliament speaker and former Revolutionary Guards commander, Saeed Jalili, a conservative, who was former chief nuclear negotiator and ran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office for four years and Tehran’s conservative mayor Alireza Zakani.

 

Also Masoud Pezeshkian, a reformist lawmaker, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, a hardliner and a former interior minister, and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi a conservative politician.

The approval of candidates for the election marks the beginning of a two-week campaign to replace Raisi, a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
With the announcement of the final list of candidates, their electoral activities start officially. The election is due to take place on June 28.

The Guardian Council, a panel of clerics and jurists overseen by Khamenei, hopes to smooth the election process amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and the Israel-Hamas war.

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