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Iran’s Guardian Council announces presidential candidate list

The Guardian Council has given the green light to six candidates to run in Iran’s May 19 presidential election, with former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being disqualified.

On April 20, Iran’s Guardian Council, the watchdog tasked with vetting electoral candidates, announced a list of six hopefuls who have been cleared to run in the May 19 presidential election.

Despite all the rumors, incumbent President Hassan Rouhani was approved to run for a second term. Meanwhile, Rouhani’s first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, and former Minister of Mining and Industry Mostafa Hashemi-Taba are two other moderate Reformist candidates whose candidacies were approved.

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