Final list of candidates for the Iranian Presidency

Among nearly 80 Iranians who submitted their candidacy for the presidential election scheduled for June 28, the Guardian Council announced the list of qualified candidates.

The spokesman for the Guardian Council, Hadi Tahan Nazif, stated that “the council has sent the results of the eligibility study of presidential election candidates to the Ministry of the Interior.” Nazif wrote in a tweet on the “X” platform (formerly Twitter), that “with the completion of the verification of the eligibility of candidates for the fourteenth presidential election in the Guardian Council, the list of qualified candidates has been sent to the Ministry of the Interior.”

Name Reveal

The Iranian Tasnim agency revealed the names of 6 individuals qualified for the presidential election by the Guardian Council: Ali Reza Zakani, Saeed Jalili, Amir Hossein Ghazi, Zadeh Hashemi, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, and Massoud Medikian.

The official announcement from the Iranian Ministry of Interior about the qualified candidates for the presidential election is awaited.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash that was carrying him with the foreign minister and several other officials in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest of the country.

Ali Reza Zakani

He currently serves as the mayor of Tehran, participated in the previous presidential election, and withdrew from the last race in favor of Raisi.

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf

He is currently the Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Iranian Parliament), a former commander in the Revolutionary Guards, and has run for president twice, failing both times. He was forced to withdraw from running a third time to avoid splitting conservative votes.

Born in 1961 in Mashhad, he joined the Revolutionary Guards after the Khomeini revolution. During the Iran-Iraq war, he was appointed commander of the Imam Reza Brigade and faced accusations during the war for using children and school students to detect minefields.

In 1994, he was appointed commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters, an economic arm of the Revolutionary Guards, and then commander of the air force of the Revolutionary Guards by order of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 1997.

Ghalibaf’s relationship with Khamenei paved the way for his presidency of the police in 1999, during which period mass arrests and detentions of cultural activists, journalists, artists, and civil society activists occurred.

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