Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he does not view recent USA missile strikes on ally Syria as a message for Iran, which he called a "powerful country" that the US can not harm.
Associated Press journalists watched Wednesday, April 12, as stunned election officials processed the former hard-line president's paperwork. Registration remains open until Saturday.
The country's Guardian Council - the highest political body in the country, which is overseen by Khamenei - then has 10 days to approve the candidates.
Iran may see its first female candidate for president next month as more than 600 people, including a man with five wives, throw their hat in the ring to try and replace Hassan Rouhani. In fact, however, it was probable that he could give way to his political colleague, former Vice-President Hamid Baghaee, to run on his platform, although there seems little likelihood that the Ahmadinejad camp could win. Some erstwhile supporters who had hoped for radical social changes under his presidency are also critical, saying he has failed to stand up to Iran's conservative religious establishment.
He told reporters that the U.S. conspiracies, either economic sanctions or cultural onslaught and pressures in connection with other issues, had no effect on the Iranians' intention.
Two years later his government and six other countries reached a landmark deal, in which Iran agreed to curb its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Millions of people demanded a re-run, but the supreme leader insisted the result was valid and ordered a major crackdown on dissent that saw dozens of opposition supporters killed and thousands detained. The council, which is made up of clerics and Islamic jurists, normally disqualifies dissidents, women, and many reformists. His candidacy also could expose the fissures inside Iranian politics that linger since his contested 2009 re-election, which brought massive unrest. Iran has since resumed selling oil and signed deals worth billions of dollars to replace its aging commercial airline inventory.
Influential Shi'ite cleric Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of a powerful organisation in charge of Iran's holiest shrine, appears to be the leading hardline candidate. Rouhani also is presumed to maintain support among liberals and those wanting tensions eased with the West, though polling is hard. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's media adviser during his presidency, told one local news site that "Ahmadinejad will not withdraw".
"I think the ruling system wants him to come as a reaction to Trump", Karegar said.