Former Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani and Minister of Justice Ebrahim Raisi announced their candidacy for the presidential election next month.
Saturday is the last day to apply for the June 18 election. President Hassan Rohani was unable to run due to the number of seats.
The news of the election of Larijani, a former national negotiator of the nuclear deal and adviser to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was broadcast on national television.
Iran’s chief of justice, Ebrahim Raisi, was appointed by Khamenei in March 2019, and the Iranian Shi’ite pastor was also campaigning on Saturday. Resi is considered one of the most powerful people in Iran. In the 2017 election, he lost to Rohani.
The 60-year-old said in announcing the candidates who are yet to be officially registered: “I will be on stage as an independent candidate to change the work of the state’s administration and fight poverty, corruption, humiliation and discrimination. ”
The general election next month is seen as a test of the popularity of Iran’s civilian leadership. The organization hopes to get a higher turnout because Iranians are dissatisfied with the economic situation affected by the restoration of US sanctions three years after leaving the nuclear agreement. So it may be lowered before.
All registered candidates must also be approved by a 12-member board of directors and 6 directors personally appointed by Hamnei.
Previously, the former political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh was one of the most active advocates of reforms in the Middle East, and he announced his nomination. Tajzadeh has been detained for 7 years, and despite the Council’s decision that the former prisoner should not run away, he is still reporting.
Tajizad condemned Iran’s “discrimination”, “blocking the Internet”, “military interference in politics, economy and elections” and harmful foreign policy.
The former head of Iran’s nuclear agency, Ferejdun Abasi, also announced his candidacy last week. The former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also announced his candidacy last week. The candidate was banned from the election by the Trusteeship Council in 2017.