Ahmadinejad barred from Iran elections as council picks candidates

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Ahmadinejad barred from Iran elections as council picks candidates
    Guardian Council finalizes list of six presidential candidates, including incumbent Hassan Rouhani
    By Eric RANDOLPH April 21, 2017, 12:36 am
    Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran on April, 5, 2017. (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred from running in next month’s election Thursday while President Hassan Rouhani was among six candidates approved by Iran’s conservative-controlled Guardian Council, state media reported.

    The other candidates selected were hardliners Ebrahim Raisi and Mostafa Mirsalim, Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, moderate Mostafa Hashemitaba and Rouhani’s ally and vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri. Former hardline president Ahmadinejad, who ruled from 2005 to 2013, was barred along with his close ally Hamid Baghaie.

    Ahmadinejad shocked everyone by registering as a candidate last week against the advice of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — a move which many described as political suicide. More than 1,600 candidates registered to run in the May 19 election, but the Guardian Council only ever selects around half a dozen. More than 130 women registered but none has ever been allowed to stand.

    “In Iran, it’s not only an election, it’s also a selection,” said Clement Therme, Iran research fellow for the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    They had said the other day he put in his application and it had to be approved. I knew they weren't going to approve it after the big cheese turban told him not to try to enter the election. :lol
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