Iranian President to run for second term

Registration to run in Iran's election on May 19 closed on Saturday, with more than 1,600 hopefuls throwing their hats in the ring.

The registration for presidential elections officially started on April 11 and will end on April 15.

After a term out of office, Ahmadinejad is now permitted to stand again under Iran's constitution, but he still needs the approval of the 12-member Guardian Council which vets candidates, six members of which are appointed by Khamenei. Pursuant to the Iranian law, that process can be extended for 4 days. 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 United States to undermine the nuclear deal, which has been a source of tremendous hardline animosity against the Rouhani administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized the nuclear deal and said during his election campaign he would stop Iran's missile program. After the procedure is completed, the Supervisory Council will form the final candidates list.

There was also a surprise last-minute entry from first vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri, a close confidante of President Hassan Rouhani who registered on Friday.

But the question remained as to how much attention the leadership of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (the Pasdaran), the significant combat force, would be paying to ensuring national stability in the event that a vacuum was perceived to emerge. However, the 60-year-old former leader has opted to take the warning as "just advice".

The 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by the Rohani administration lifted crippling economic sanctions in return for Tehran's curbing of its nuclear ambitions.

Also, Raisi, who is commonly believed to be the main conservative rival of President Rouhani, registered for the presidential race on Friday.

Since the deal went into effect, Iran has resumed selling oil and signed deals worth billions of dollars to replace its aging commercial airline inventory. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's media adviser during his presidency, told one local news site that "Ahmadinejad will not withdraw". Rouhani changed his tone when he said that Iran would not seek permission by any power to develop missile and air fighters; "balance of power in the region and securing our deterrence power are two major reasons that Iran should improve its defensive capabilities", he added.

"I do not think it has a message for Iran". "I won't vote for him".

  • Todd Kelly