Registration for Iran presidential election closes with mayor Ghalibaf's last-minute entry

Apr 18, 2017, 01:48
Registration for Iran presidential election closes with mayor Ghalibaf's last-minute entry

The rather bold statement was issued during an interview the former Iranian leader gave to the Associated Press (AP), in which he was asked whether he views America's recent airstrike on Syria as a warning to his own country.

(Express-Tribune) In a startling conversation with the Haaretz, Israel's Defence Minister has said he won't be surprised if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was assassinated during the country's up-coming elections.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iran needs no one's permission to build missile and planes.

There are six women and seven clerics among the 126 registered people, with ages ranging from 18 to 79.

Ahmadinejad also voiced reluctant support for Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with the US and other world powers, which saw Iran accept curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling worldwide sanctions. More than 1,010 people have signed up so far for the vote.

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But a delay in the agreement had left all those evacuated stuck at transit points on Aleppo's outskirts since late on Friday. Thousands of evacuees from Madaya and Zabadani were also stuck in regime-controlled Ramusa, south of Aleppo.

In March 2016, he was appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to head Astan Qods Razavi, a charitable foundation overseeing the Imam Reza shrine, as well as a huge business conglomerate with interests in everything from IT and banking to construction and agriculture.

The May 19 election is seen by many in Iran as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear agreement and other efforts to improve the country's sanctions-hobbled economy. In another Reuters report published on Friday, one former senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, "Rouhani is a regime insider". But despite months of talks, hardliners have been unable to unite behind a single candidate and Khamenei appears to have not yet intervened to make them do so.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly brushed off U.S. threats to curb Iran's nuclear programme.

Following the registration, Rouhani hailed the Iranian worldwide nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, as his administration's achievement, saying that "from now on, protecting the nuclear deal would be one of the important issues (for the next government) politically and economically".

Ahmadinejad joint to elections race despite Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's advice for him to avoid registration in elections. The benefits have yet to trickle down to the average Iranian, though, fueling some discontent. The Aradan native proceeded to register anyway, and although the Ayatollah has the final say it does not look good in terms of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's respect for authority.