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Iran announces names of six candidates for early presidential elections

Iran announces names of six candidates for early presidential elections


The Iranian Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday the names of the six candidates eligible to participate in the early presidential elections scheduled for June 28th.

The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Interior, Mohsen Eslami told Iranian state television that the candidates who have been approved to run in the elections are Masoud Pezeshkian, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Saeed Jalili, Alireza Zakaani, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.

The most notable figures excluded from running in this election were; former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani and former First Vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri.

The Guardian Council had sent a message to the Ministry of Interior – the entity responsible for conducting the elections – announcing the names of the candidates who have been approved to run in the presidential elections.

The candidates’ campaigns would be starting on Sunday and continue until the 27th of this June, one day before the
voting process begins.

According to Iranian election law, candidates must be between 40 and 75 years old, hold at least a master’s degree, be among the clergy and politicians, and hold Iranian nationality.

The law also stipulates that applicants must have held administrative positions in the country for at least four years and not have been previously convicted of a felony or a crime involving dishonor or breach of trust.

The early presidential elections in Iran are scheduled for June 28, following the vacancy of the presidency after President Ebrahim Raisi’s death in a helicopter crash on May 19 along with his entourage.

Source: Kuwait News Agency