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    Only seven of the hundreds of people who applied to run for President in Iran were approved by its election watchdog.

    The contentious elimination process has helped the prospects of hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, who’s favoured to win.

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says some of those rejected were ‘wronged’.

    Presenter: Peter Dobbie


    Mostafa Khoshcheshm – Journalist and Iran Affairs Analyst.

    Mark Fitzpatrick – Former Director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi – Research Fellow at the UK’s Royal United Services Institute.

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    In This Story: Iran

    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.

    Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

    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.

    The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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