BREAKING NEWS
This content is not available in your region

Former speaker of Iran's parliament registers to run in next month's presidential election

Access to the comments Comments
Former speaker of Iran's parliament registers to run in next month's presidential election
Former speaker of Iran's parliament registers to run in next month's presidential election   -   Copyright  (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2021. Click For Restrictions - https://agency.reuters.com/en/copyright.html
Text size Aa Aa

(Reuters) – The former speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, registered on Saturday to run in next month’s presidential election, hoping to secure backing from moderates and hardliners.

The registration of Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator and adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was broadcast live on state television.

Saturday is the last day for candidates to sign up to run in the June 18 election, in a process that began on Tuesday.

But the hopes of the nation’s clerical rulers for a high turnout at the polls may be hit by rising discontent over an economy crippled by U.S. sanctions re-imposed after Washington exited the nuclear deal three years ago.

After registration ends, entrants will be screened for their political and Islamic qualifications by the 12-member Guardian Council vetting body. Six of the members of the hardline body are appointed by Khamenei.

President Hassan Rouhan cannot run again because of term limits.

(dubai.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.