First female candidates vie for Iranian presidency

Ashley Carr
April 18, 2017

Rouhani, a former top security official, also said that major powers have always sought their interests in the Middle East region and have undermined regional security and stability.

Although women have registered, all female nominees have previously been blocked from running.

Ahmadinejad's candidacy may be a stunt to ensure at least one of his acolytes makes the cut.

"Despite all the efforts of previous governments, the situation of the country is such that people ask why is there so much unemployment?" he said, adding that he would announce detailed economic plans at a later date. Heavyweight former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who passed away in January, played a key role in the surprising landslide victory in 2013.

Iran curbed its disputed nuclear activity under its deal with world powers. He has the final say on all state matters. His reelection in 2009, marred by fraud allegations, led to the biggest protests in Iran since the 1979 revolution."I merely registered here to support my dear brother, Baghaei", Mr. Ahmadinejad said, referring to Hamid Baghaei, his former vice president.

"It's in clear defiance of what the supreme leader had stated very openly and very publicly", said Ellie Geranmayeh, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Trump has criticised the nuclear deal and pledged during his election campaign to stop Iran's missile programme. Iran does not allow global observers to monitor its elections. The average Iranian still hasn't seen the benefits of the nuclear deal, which saw some global sanctions lifted in exchange for Iran limiting its uranium enrichment.

More than 280 people have filed as possible candidates since registration began Tuesday, including 13 women. He arrived at the registration committee center for presenting his candidacy papers a few hours after "moderate" Rouhani had applied in hopes of winning over a second term in office.

"With the deal in jeopardy, the system will be in vital need of Rouhani's team of smiling diplomats and economic technocrats to shift the blame to the US and keep Iran's economy afloat", said Iran analyst Ali Vaez of the International Crisis Group.

Influential Shi'ite cleric Ebrahim Raisi appears to be the leading choice so far.

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

Ahmadinejad puzzled everyone by surprisingly registering as a presidential candidate earlier this month.

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