Iranian State Television: 7 Approved for June 18 Presidential Election | World news
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iranian state television reported on Tuesday that only seven candidates had been approved by the country’s constitutional watchdog to run for president next month, dramatically narrowing the scope of hopes for the replacement of outgoing president Hassan Rouhani.
The report did not name those selected, although rumors circulated that reformists and moderates vying for the place may have been barred from running by the Guardian Council.
State television quoted Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesman for the Council of Guardians, as saying that “only seven” had been approved out of some 590 recorded by the panel of clerics and jurists overseen by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali. Khamenei. Kadkhodaei did not name the people selected.
The Iranian Interior Ministry, which oversees its police force and elections, usually announces the candidates. in 2017, 1,630 hopefuls registered to run.
Iranian justice chief Ebrahim Raisi, an extremist cleric who ran against Rouhani in 2017, is seen among analysts as the strongest candidate in the upcoming vote on June 18. Many in Iran have become frustrated with Rouhani, whose signing was the 2015 nuclear deal that is now in tatters after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the deal.
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