Iran: Ahmadinejad not to run in presidential elections

SHAFAQNA – Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred Thursday from running again.

The clerical Guardian Council, which vets Iran’s political candidates, disqualified Ahmadinejad without explanation. He was one of hundreds of potential candidates blocked from running in May’s presidential election.

Ahmadinejad, who served two terms from 2005-13, was among 1,600 applicants even though the clerical body usually selects only six candidates.

President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi, considered the leading challenger to Rouhani, were among six candidates approved for the May 19 vote.

Source – OSS-ME

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