Who will fill Ahmadinejad's boots? The runners and riders in Iran’s 2013 presidential polls
The countdown has begun for the 2013 Iranian presidential elections, which will mark the end of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s turbulent eight years in office.
Iranians last went to the polls in 2009 for a vote that many hoped would bring real change. But the re-election of Ahmadinejad sparked days of mass protests, which ended in a violent crackdown.
This time round, with Ahmadinejad’s time in office at an end, hundreds of hopefuls are vying for the top job. Continue reading below »
While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayattolah Ali Khameini may have hoped this year’s polls would quietly install a loyal conservative president, the candidacies of two major independents, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie--the nationalist protégé of Ahmadinejad, and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and Iran's best known political grandee--could shatter the leader’s dreams.
The 686 registered candidates will be screened by the Guardian Council, who will judge the heavy hitters and hopefuls on their qualifications and loyalty to the Islamic Republic ready for a shortlist to be announced later this month.
Here are some of the runners and riders hoping to compete in the June 14 vote.
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