Iranian President Rouhani registers to run in May for second term

Miranda GreerApr 15, 2017

Speaking to reporters at a news conference after he registered, he said: "I have come to be the candidate for all of Iran".

Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers, is expected to run for re-election.

The 56-year-old judge, who now runs the powerful charity-cum-business-empire Astan Qods Razavi, has emphasised his concern for the poor and is seen as a close ally of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

When he was head of government from 2005 to 2013, Ahmadinejad repeatedly questioned the Holocaust, called for Israel's destruction and expanded Iran's nuclear program. He is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, an all-cleric body that will rule on Khamenei's succession. While many delegations have come since the lifting of sanctions, "people are not seeing a huge elevation for Iran in terms of the economy or its place on the global stage", she said.

The president appeared in the afternoon at the interior ministry, where registration to stand for the election runs until Saturday.

Earlier on Wednesday former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his close ally Hamid Baghaei also filed to run for the presidency.

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

Rouhani, backed by Iranian reformers, has high chances to become a frontrunner in the presidential race.

The former hardline president, Ahmadinejad, was a two-term president for 8 years, before President Rouhani took the office in 2013 election.

Rouhani has arrived at the Interior Ministry where candidates enroll on April 14, Trend correspondent reported.

On April 28, candidates start campaigning until 24 hours before May 19, the voting date for the 12th presidential and 5th city and council elections.

The candidate should basically be an Iranian national, prudent and capable of taking on leadership duties, and being religious and believing in the Islamic republic's principles and its official religion.

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