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Why hasn’t Iran’s president announced bid for re-election?

The Iranian president’s press conference on the first anniversary of the implementation of the nuclear deal is met with positive reactions among Reformists and harsh criticism by hard-liners.

On Jan. 17, Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani held a press conference on the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Rouhani addressed a range of issues, including the implementation of the nuclear deal, the country’s economic situation and the termination of sanctions. He also responded to questions about rumors that the Guardian Council intends to disqualify his expected bid for re-election in May, the house arrests of the Green Movement leaders and US President-elect Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about the JCPOA.

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