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Iran. New presidential elections. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad banned from running for office

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After the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, early elections were ordered in the country. Iran's Guardian Council on Sunday approved the candidacy of six people who will run for president. However, it banned former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running.

Elections Iran's presidential elections are scheduled for June 28, and Sunday's decision by the Guardian Council is the beginning of a shortened campaign. The tasks of the twelve-person Council include, among others: interpretation of the constitution, supervision over elections and approval of candidates for members of the Assembly of Experts, president and members of parliament.

Former president banned from running for office

The council banned former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hard-line populist who kept the country in international isolation by refusing to negotiate Iran's nuclear program, from running.

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Former President of Iran Mahmoud AhmadinejadAbedin Taherkenareh/PAP/EPA

The most prominent candidate is Mohammed Bagher Kalibaf, former mayor of Tehran and current speaker of Iran's unicameral parliament. The politician unsuccessfully ran for president in 2005 and 2013. He withdrew from the presidential campaign in 2017 to support Raisi in his first unsuccessful presidential campaign. Raisi won the 2021 elections, which had the lowest voter turnout in Iran's history.

Last week, Iran's supreme spiritual and political leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave a speech that signaled support for Qalibaf's candidacy, the Associated Press recalled.

The presidential helicopter crash

The helicopter crash that killed, among others, President Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahiyan and two high-ranking military commanders, took place on May 19 near Jolfa in the Iranian province Azerbaijan Eastern. The accident was said to have been caused by difficult weather conditions.

READ MORE: Helicopter accident with the president of Iran. Who was Ebrahim Raisi?

Rescue operation in connection with the crash of a helicopter with the President of Iran on boardAZIN HAGHIGHI/PAP/EPA

Main photo source: Abedin Taherkenareh/PAP/EPA



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