Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran election: President Rouhani registers to run again

Iran election: President Rouhani registers to run again

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday he does not view recent US missile strikes on ally Syria as a message for Iran, which he called a "powerful country" that the USA can not harm. "The stepmothers who repeatedly tried to kill this baby can not be good custodians for it", he told reporters. When he was head of government from 2005 to 2013, Ahmadinejad repeatedly questioned the Holocaust, called for Israel's destruction and expanded Iran's nuclear program. "They need to come up with a figure and say he is very unsafe". According to Article 35 of Iranian election law, people who want to register themselves for the presidential election must have these eligibilities: 1- Religious/ political figure.

Ahmadinejad's candidacy also comes as Trump has threatened a reappraisal of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and as fissures still linger inside Iran after his contested 2009 re-election, which brought massive unrest. The deal allowed Iran to return to worldwide markets in exchange for curbing its nuclear weapons program.

According to Shakdam, Ahmadinejad's decision to run was not an act of defiance but simply a choice based on his willingness to offer a "different kind of a flavor in politics" and ensure that the voices of his faction are heard, especially in the context of the current tension between the US, Iran and Russian Federation, and around the Middle East in general. Key among them was the nuclear deal between Tehran and six leading world powers in 2015, which paved the way for a relaxation of sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme. The supreme leader also serves as the country's commander in chief over its military and the powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria that also has vast economic holdings across Iran.

"The problem about the nuclear deal is how they advertised it. It was incorrect. It later turned out to be untrue", he continued.

Ahmadinejad said his decision to run was meant to help former Vice-President Hamid Baghaei, a close confidant.

An Iranian woman and her son walk past an Iranian missile on display in front of a large portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a square in south Tehran.

Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has filed to run in the May presidential election.

After registering for the election at the interior ministry, Rouhani pushed back against hardliners who have criticised the nuclear deal and his efforts to reach out to the West.

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