Registration of hopefuls for Iran’s presidential vote enters final day

The official registration of hopefuls for Iran’s 11th presidential election has entered its fifth and final day, with over 360 individuals having signed up for the race so far.

A number of prominent figures, including Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who is a member of the Coalition of Three, and Vice-Speaker of Iran’s Majlis Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard, registered on Saturday.

“Over the past five to six years, I have devised a plan with the help of 250 skilled experts. Today, I have a comprehensive plan in 24 chapters and I will tell you about the details in a press conference,” Qalibaf told reporters.

He added that his comprehensive plan encompasses foreign and domestic policy as well as micro- and macroeconomic, social and cultural issues.

The registration of presidential hopefuls officially began on May 7.

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Friday that the registration would end at 6 p.m. (1330 GMT) Saturday, emphasizing that the deadline would not be extended.

Independent candidate, Mohsen Rezaei, who currently serves as the secretary of Iran Expediency Council, signed up on Friday.

Mohammad-Reza Aref, a former first vice president, and principlist lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, who also served as Majlis speaker from 2004 to 2008, are two other prominent figures among the registered hopefuls.

The top supervisory body, Guardian Council, has already kicked off the process of vetting the hopefuls, and a final list of candidates will be out in less than two weeks.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. The winner of the June 14 polls will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

By Press TV


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