Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Iran's Incumbent President Registers To Run In May Elections

Iran's Incumbent President Registers To Run In May Elections

Earlier, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad enrolled for the upcoming presidential election.

The registration for presidential elections officially started on April 11 and will end on April 15.

Others believe Rouhani has depleted his political capital with the Supreme Leader by securing his consent to the 2015 nuclear deal, leaving nothing for domestic reforms.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is setting his sights on a second term in office.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S., September 22, 2016.

Ahmadinejad had ruled out running in the wake of Khamenei's comments in September, but after reversing course this week he called the supreme leader's comments "just advice" that does not prevent him from running.

More than 860 candidates have been registered so far.

Ahmadinejad said the strike on Syria could have happened even if Hillary Clinton had won the USA election.

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This is in keeping with the strategy that Rouhani had espoused prior to assuming the presidency, as when he boasted that his nuclear negotiations with Western powers had helped to maintain a "calm environment" while Iran quietly increased its nuclear enrichment capabilities.

Ahmadinejad previously served two four-year terms from 2005 to 2013.

In 2013 presidential elections more than 460 candidates submitted registrations, however the Guardian Council approved the candidacy of only 8 applicants, rejecting the candidacy of Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The foundation hosts 20 million pilgrims a year at the shrine, and has also developed into a sprawling, multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that runs everything from farms and power plants to brokerages and IT firms.

The registration for the 12th presidential race will last until Saturday evening and all the hopefuls will undergo the subsequent vetting process by the country's high legislative body, namely the Guardian Council of the Constitution.

After registering for the election at the interior ministry, Rouhani pushed back against hardliners who have criticised the nuclear deal and his efforts to reach out to the West. Under the nuclear deal, Iran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

Every Iranian president since Khamenei himself took the presidency in 1981 has won re-election, making Rouhani the presumed front-runner long before the vote.

Tehran has always assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to the regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic's defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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