Rohani ready to defend legacy as Iran's election looms

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Rohani ready to defend legacy as Iran's election looms

The registration process for the Iranian presidential election began on April 11 and concluded five days later.

In a flurry of activity 1636 people enrolled.

They must now be scrutinised by the Guardian Council according to the constitution.

This election will be a political bout between the fundamentalists and the reformers who backed Hasan Rohani, a cleric and soft reformer, four years ago.

Once again Rohani has the reformist support, after the groundbreaking nuclear (JCPOA) deal.

Rouhani looks set to fight for his legacy:
“Preserving JCPOA is one of the most important political and economic issues in for Iranians and those opposed, those want to kill the deal, they cannot be allowed to be the legitimate custodians.’‘

Unlike the reformists the fundamentalists are a fractured bunch. Ebrahim Raeisi, the former judiciary deputy, is set to rival Rohani, in his opening gambit he spoke of a bread and butter issue, work:
“People ask why they are unemployed?
People are worried about work and business, and their prosperity.”

The Mayor of Tehran Mohammed Bagher Ghalibaf is also in the hat.

Back in the fray is former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, though he could be in hot water with the Guardian Council after he appeared to reject the Supreme Leaders advice of not to run.

Euronews reporter Javad Montazeri is in Iranian capital, Tehran presidential election will see another battle between Iran’s two major political forces, reformers and fundamentalists. Firstly, those registered must await approval by the Guardian Council as some prominent political figures have been rejected by the powerful body.’‘