Senior Figures Registered

Well-Known Personalities Join Presidential ElectionWell-Known Personalities Join Presidential Election

A number of well-known political figures also arrived at the Interior Ministry’s Election Headquarters on Saturday to register for the upcoming presidential election slated for May 19 on the last registration day.

They included Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, former head of the state broadcaster and brother of late president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, lawmakers Hamid Reza Haji-Babaei and Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi, ex-MP Avaz Heydarpour, former agriculture minister Sadeq Khalilian and reformist politician Mohsen Rohami.

President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raeisi, the custodian of the holy shrine of Imam Reza [PBUH], were major challengers who signed up on Friday. The presidential candidates will be vetted by the Guardians Council from April 16 to 20, and the process can be extended to April 25.

The final list of candidates will be announced by the Interior Ministry on April 27. The 20-day campaigning period for the presidential hopefuls begins on April 28 and ends on May 17.


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