Iran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registers to run in upcoming presidential race

The former Iranian president has registered to run in the upcoming presidential race in his country despite Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s recommendation not to enter the race. So far, 126 Iranians have filed the necessary papers to enter the race.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad officially registered on Wednesday morning to run in the upcoming presidential race in his country, which will take place in May.

In September, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei advised Ahmadinejad not to enter the race and his decision to ignore that recommendation has not gone unnoticed. The candidate registration for the upcoming election will last for five days. After the registration period is over, the candidates will be reviewed by a vetting group, which will focus on the candidates’ political and Islamic views.

So far, 126 candidates, including six women, have registered at the Iranian Interior Ministry. The oldest candidate is a 79-year-old man and the youngest is an 18-year-old man, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

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