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Will Iran’s president be barred from running for second term?

With only months left of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's first term, speculation rises about the possible disqualification of his expected bid for re-election in May.

Speculation over whether incumbent Hassan Rouhani will be barred from running for a second term in May is rising as Iran's upcoming presidential election edge closer.

On Jan. 4, Abbas-Ali Kadokhodai, the spokesperson for the conservative-dominated Guardian Council that is tasked with vetting candidates, told the hard-line Jam news site, "There is no guarantee that a president will be approved [by the Guardian Council to run] for a second term."

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