Iran selects six presidential candidates – State TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Guardian Council which oversees elections, legislation and other matters, has approved the nomination of six candidates for a snap election to be held in late this month following the death of president Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter accident, according to Iran’s State TV.

According to State TV, the list includes Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf – Iran’s hardline parliament Speaker and former Revolutionary Guards Commander – Saeed Jalili a conservative who served as former chief nuclear negotiator, and was in charge of Ayatollah Alikhamenei’s Office for four years – and Tehran’s conservative Mayor Alireza Zakani.

On the list announced by the spokesperson of the Election Office on state television, there are also Masoud Pezeshkian a reformist politician, Mostafa Poumohammadi a hardliner, former Interior Minister, and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, conservative politician.

State TV reported that “with the announcement of their final list of candidates their electoral activity officially begins,”

The elections are scheduled to take place June 28.

State media reported that the Council had disqualified former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, and former Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani. Both men are prominent conservatives.

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