dglobalnews.com Iranian President Rouhani registers to run in May for second term
Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Iranian President Rouhani registers to run in May for second term

But after his registration on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad told journalists that Khamenei's recommendation was "just advice", Iranian media reported. He is also a member of Assembly of Experts, an all-cleric body that will rule on the successor for the Supreme Leader. He also registered to run on Friday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad filed to run in Iran's upcoming presidential election, defying the wishes of the country's supreme leader that he not seek to return to the office.

"From today on preserving the nuclear deal will be one of the most important domestic, political and economic issues for the Iranian nation", said Rouhani.

Khamenei and his hardline allies have strongly criticized the slow pace of economic revival since the lifting of sanctions a year ago, part of the nuclear deal with six major powers whereby Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program.

Iran's hardline faction does not appear to be firmly behind Ahmadinejad's candidacy since it goes against the advice of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, but that faction would certainly benefit if either his candidacy or his electoral victory prompted the USA to undermine the nuclear deal, which has been a source of tremendous hardline animosity against the Rouhani administration.

Ahmadjinejad was required to step down because of term limit rules in 2013, when President Hassan Rouhani won in a landslide on a promise to reduce Iran's global isolation.

He said his decision to run was meant to help former Vice President Hamid Baghaei, a close confidant.

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Rouhani, a politically moderate cleric, inherited an economy in freefall and a country dangerously isolated over its nuclear programme when he took power in 2013.

The hardline Guardian Council, which vets candidates before they stand, has prevented other influential figures from running in previous elections.

On April 26-27, the Interior Ministry will formally announce a final shortlist of candidates approved by the Guardian Council. "People will vote for him to prevent a hardliner from winning the election", said political analyst Saeed Leylaz.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has registered to run in the upcoming presidential elections in May.

According to the schedule released by Iran's Interior Ministry, the campaign for presidential race will kick off on April 28 and will continue until the end of May 17.

Rouhani has on several occasions called for massive turnout in the elections slated for May 19.

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