Registration opens for Iranian presidential hopefuls

Published May 7th, 2013 - 09:31 GMT
Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unable to stand in the upcoming election (Kenzo Tribouillard /AFP
Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unable to stand in the upcoming election (Kenzo Tribouillard /AFP

Iran opened the registration process for candidates in the fortchcoming preidential elections on Tuesday, with a number of conservative candidates coming forward, AFP reported.

Current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unable to stand in the poll under Iranian law, as he's already served two consecutive terms.

This year's election will be watched closely by the rest of the world, after the previous election, won by Ahmadinejad, sparked mass protests throughout the country that were violently suppressed.

Ahmadinejad's successor faces an array of challenges, ranging from a stagnant economy and near-isolation diplomatically.

A number of conservatives have expressed their hopes to stand in the elections, although the more reformist candidates are yet to come forward.

Ali Akbar Velayati, current foreign affaris adviser to the Supreme Leader, is expected to run. Ahmadinejad is expected to support controversial aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, who's upset conservative factions with his liberal and nationalist views.

Candidates who register during the 5-day period will be vetted by the Guardians Council. The final list of candidates will be confirmed no later than 23 May.


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