Iran’s Guardian Council disqualifies most presidential hopefuls

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    Iran has announced the seven mostly conservative candidates who have been approved to run in next month’s presidential election.

    Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now seen as the clear frontrunner to replace President Hassan Rouhani.

    Several prominent figures were barred from running including former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

    All candidates must be vetted by a panel overseen by Iran’s Supreme leader Ayottolah Ali Khamenei.

    Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig reports from Tehran, Iran.

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    Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

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    Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

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