Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani at a press conference in Damascus, Syria, February 16, 2020 REUTERS / Omar Sanadiki
Former Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani registered Saturday for next month’s presidential election, hoping to garner the support of moderates and hardliners.
The registration of Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator and adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was broadcast live on state television.
Saturday is the last day that candidates register for the June 18 elections, and this process began on Tuesday.
But the country’s clerical rulers’ hopes for high voter turnout may be undermined by growing economic discontent, undermined by US sanctions reintroduced after Washington pulled out of the nuclear deal three years ago.
At the end of registration, participants will be screened for their political and Islamic qualifications by an inspection body of the Guardian Council, which consists of 12 members. Six members of the rigid body are appointed by Khamenei.
President Hassan Rouhan is unable to run again due to time constraints.
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