Iranian media report former Iranian parliament speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel has withdrawn his candidacy from the country's June 14 presidential election. In a statement published on June 10, the conservative candidate asked the voters to "strictly observe" the guidance of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei when they vote.
Haddad-Adel, who is related by marriage to Khamenei, did not elaborate on his decision to quit.
Former Iranian parliament speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel
On May 21, the Guardians Council, which supervises the electoral process, approved only eight of nearly 700 individuals who registered to be candidates.
The remaining seven candidates include Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Said Jalili, ex-Vice President Mohsen Rezai, senior cleric and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani, university professor Mohammad Reza Aref, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi, and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati.
Based on reporting by Mehr, IRNA, and Reuters
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