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Iran's Ahmadinejad, Haghanian grab spotlight in tight presidential race

All eyes are now on the hard-line Guardian Council, which is expected to remove the vast majority of the 80 hopefuls, leaving a limited number to compete in a controlled election process.
BEIRUT, LEBANON - OCTOBER 13: Lebanese people wave flags and hold portraits of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (not pictured) as he arrives in southern suberb of Beirut on October 13, 2010 in Lebanon. The controversial visit is seen as a boost for key ally Hezbollah. According to reports Mr Ahmadinejad may visit the border with Israel - the site of recent deadly clashes between Israeli and Lebanese forces. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

TEHRAN — Iran's election supervisory body, known as the Guardian Council, started deliberations on Tuesday to finalize a list of candidates, deemed fit by the ruling establishment, who will enter the race for the upcoming snap presidential election.  

Under the Iranian Constitution, the council has five working days, extendable by five more, to complete the vetting process, with the results, according to its spokesman, expected on June 11. 

The registration process was wrapped up on Monday after 80 hopefuls attended the election headquarters in Tehran to officially declare their nomination.

Slated for June 28, the snap polls were triggered by the sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash earlier in May. Seven others died in the incident, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. 

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