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Iranian president Rohani approved to run for re-election, Ahmadinejad disqualified

Iran's Guardian Council on April 20 approved President Hassan Rouhani to run for a second term in office and disqualified former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran’s Guardian Council on April 20 approved President Hassan Rouhani to run for a second term in office and disqualified former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Guardian Council approved four additional candidates: Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri; Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the Assembly of Experts (Majles-e Khobregan-e Rahbari‎); Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf; former culture minister Mostafa Mirsalim; and reformist politician Mostafa Hashemitaba.

Ahmadinejad’s former vice president, Hamid Baghaei, was also reportedly disqualified.

The vetted candidates are only a small number of the 1,636 who registered to run in the May 19 election.

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