Iran politics: seven candidates approved to run in presidential polls

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    #Iran’s #election watchdog has approved the candidacy of hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim #Raisi in next month’s presidential election, state television reported on Tuesday, while disqualifying some of his main rivals including former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Council approved just seven candidates out of 40 who met its basic criteria – in turn a small fraction of the 600 who had registered. They included former chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, a conservative; former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezaei, a frequent presidential candidate; and current Central Bank governor Abdolnaser Hemmati, a low-profile moderate. FRANCE 24 correspondent in Tehran, Reza Sayah, tells us more.

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