Thursday, June 13, 2024

Iran: Six candidates get approval for presidential election, Ahmadinejad blocked again

The Guardian Council of Iran has granted approval to six candidates in the upcoming presidential election.

The election declared due to the sudden demise of president Ebrahim Raisi, will be held on 28 June.

The council, which oversees elections in the Islamic Republic, selected the six from 80 registered candidates.

Notably, the chosen candidates largely include conservatives and one reformist.

Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and former interior minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, along with Tehran mayor Ali Reza Zakani and Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Raisi’s vice president, have been included in the list.

Massoud Pezeshkian, a reformist representative from Tabriz in Iran’s parliament, had criticised the government for its lack of transparency during nationwide protests erupted in September 2022, following the police-custodial death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini. 

Ex-parliament speaker Ali Larijani, former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and several other high-profile personalities were removed from the contest despite  submitting applications.

Four women who had registered their candidacy were also disqualified.

According to reformists, the political faction revolving around the late Raisi would likely manage to stay in power.

The establishment seeks a weak president, and the election set-up was designed to enable it, Mohammad Mohajeri, a political analyst, told a local daily.


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