Iran’s Guardian Council says the Constitution and the election law were the criteria for vetting presidential hopefuls.
Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei made the remarks in a televised interview with IRIB late on Tuesday, shortly after the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that the Guardian Council had approved eight candidates.
He added that the top electoral supervisory body held several sessions to discuss the capabilities, resumes, and even the past actions and remarks of the presidential hopefuls.
He went on to say that “being Iranian, management capabilities, and faithfulness to the principles of the Islamic Republic” are some of the criteria used for vetting hopefuls who want to run in the presidential election.
The Guardian Council approved MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, Hassan Rohani, the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi, and former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati.
Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei, a top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki were not approved by the council.
A total of 686 individuals registered from May 7 to 11 for the presidential election, which will be held on June 14.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election, and the Guardian Council vets the candidates.
By Press TV
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