Potential candidates register for Iranian presidential contest

16 May 2013

Elections to take place 14 June

A number of high-profile politicians have registered for Iran’s presidential elections to be held on 14 June.

Potential candidates had until 11 May to register for the elections. A short list will then be drawn up before the end of May.

Tehran’s major, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, Ali Akbar Javanfekr an advisor to the outgoing president Mahmoud  Ahmadinejad, and Davodd Ahmadinejad, the president’s older brother are some of the key figures joining the competition.

There were also two last minute entries from Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.

Rafsanjani is a former president of Iran, and represents the centrist and pro-reform groups. The 78-year-old also backed the opposition in 2009 when protestors demonstrated against the disputed election.

Mashaei represents the government factions and has close ties to president Ahmadinejad.

Another key figure in the presidential race is Saeed Jalili, Iran’s nuclear negotiator.

The outgoing president Ahmadinejad is legally not allowed to compete for a third term in power.

Iran’s Guardian Council, a 12-member council, will assess the hundreds of registered applicants removing candidates they deem unsuitable ahead of the June elections.

A MEED Subscription...

Subscribe or upgrade your current MEED.com package to support your strategic planning with the MENA region’s best source of business information. Proceed to our online shop below to find out more about the features in each package.

Get Notifications