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05/11/13

Last Day For Iran President Applications

Source: RFE/RL

May 11 is the last day for hopefuls to apply to become candidates in Iran's presidential election. More than 360 people are reported to have applied so far this week. They include reformist former Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref and former parliament speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, an ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


According a report by IRNA, eight of the candidates are women

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, presidential adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr, and President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's elder brother, Davood Ahmadinejad, are also among those who registered.

Pro-reform activist Ebrahim Asgharzadeh also signed up.

Applicants will be investigated by the Guardians Council, an unelected body controlled by religious conservatives named by Khamenei.

The Guardians Council will then name the final list of candidates approved to run in the June 14 election to elect a successor to Ahmadinejad, who must step down after two terms.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters and AFP


Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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