Publish date10 Jun 2024 - 9:59
Story Code : 638632

Iran sets for snap election with six candidates approved

Iran’s Interior Ministry has released the names of candidates approved for the upcoming presidential election which is set to be held on June 28.
Iran sets for snap election with six candidates approved
A spokesman for the ministry, Mohsen Eslami, announced on Sunday the names of the candidates approved by the Constitutional Council, a 12-member election supervisory body.

Among those approved are current Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and Tehran Mayor Alireza Zakani, he said.

He added that the Council approved Massoud Pezeshkian, a reformist candidate, who was former health minister and former lawmaker representing Tabriz in Iran's Parliament.

Former justice minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi and current Head of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi have also been authorized to run, the spokesman noted.

The snap vote is slated for June 28 and will elect a new president to replace Ebrahim Raeisi, who died in a tragic helicopter crash in northwestern Iran on May 19 along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and six of their companions.
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