Iran: Parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf announces presidential bid

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatari state media]

“The conservative speaker of Iran’s parliament, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, has registered his candidacy for the snap presidential election on June 28. At the end of the five-day registration period on Monday evening, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi told reporters that a total of 80 applications have been submitted. The presidential hopefuls now have to wait until June 11 to see if their candidacy is approved by the Guardian Council – a conservative-dominated, 12-member body of jurists who are either appointed or approved by Iran’s supreme leader and vet all candidates for public office. Candidates cleared by the vetting body will have two weeks to campaign, present their manifestos, and participate in televised debates before the election. The upcoming vote, initially slated for 2025, was brought forward following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi on May 19.” (06/03/24)