Rouhani among 6 Candidates Selected for Iran Vote, Ahmadinejad Barred

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President Hassan Rouhani was among six candidates approved Thursday by Iran's conservative-dominated Guardian Council to run in next month's election while former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred, state media reported.

The other candidates selected were hardliners Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, conservative Mostafa Mirsalim, former minister Mostafa Hashemitaba and Rouhani's ally and vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri.

Both Ahmadinejad and his close ally Hamid Baghaie were barred from running by the Guardian Council. 

The former hardline president, who ruled from 2005 to 2013, shocked everyone by registering as a candidate last week against the advice of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

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.

Comments 8
Thumb justin 1 month

The former hardline president, who ruled from 2005 to 2013, shocked everyone by registering as a candidate last week against the advice of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

hehehe!

Thumb eagledawn 1 month

"Southern.......
Iran is the only democracy in the Middle East"

Thumb warrior 1 month

so Ahmadinejad the terrorist was qualified to be president from 2005 to 2013 and all of a sudden he no longer is?

Indeed Iran is a democracy!

Thumb gigahabib 1 month

If you tried to read other news than Naharnet's superficial summaries, you'd see it's because he's under investigation for something.

Thumb kanaandian 1 month

i hope a hardliner wins, i want high oil prices.

Missing mohammad_ca 1 month

Safawite style freedom lol

Thumb thepatriot 1 month

This is what happens when you live in a country where the authority is towel heads...(Guardian Council)!

Thumb gigahabib 1 month

Lol, the Zio-Salafists first whined when his candidacy was announced, now they whine because it was cancelled.

Make up your damn minds.