Iran's Presidential Campaigns Kicks Off With 7 Candidates

Published May 27th, 2021 - 08:16 GMT
Campaigning for Iran’s upcoming presidential elections started.
Iran approved seven hopefuls to run in next month's presidential poll, with judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi among the mainly ultraconservative candidates, while heavyweights Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Larijani were barred. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Iran lists its final presidential candidates.

Campaigning for Iran’s upcoming presidential vote gets underway as the final list of the qualified contenders is released.

The Constitutional Council, which is in charge of vetting candidates and overseeing elections, says the campaigns will revolve around TV shows, where runners can lay out their plans and take part in debates.

The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Abdulali Ali-Asgari, said all provisions are prepared for healthy presidential competitions. Out of more than 590 hopefuls, seven individuals got the Constitutional Council’s approval to run for president.

The high-profile figures include Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi, Secretary of the Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, and Central Bank Governor Abdolnasser Hemmati.

Representatives of the candidates who attended the campaigning inaugural program broadcast live by the IRIB say high turnout is more important than who will win the race.

Some of the heavyweight hopefuls, including incumbent vice president, Es’haq Jahangiri and ex-Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, could not make it through the vetting process and were disqualified by the Constitutional Council.

The 13th presidential election will be held on June 18. The campaigning will be ongoing until 24 hours before the Election Day. With the final lineup of the presidential vote is now narrowed down to seven people, the race officially kick-starts.

Although some of the contenders have stronger professional backgrounds, we cannot really tell who holds a better chance to win the top executive post, before all candidates lay out their plans.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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