In surprise move, Iran's Ahmadinejad to run for president

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who ignored the supreme leader's warning that his candidacy could expose lingering wounds from the unrest surrounding his contested 2009 re-election, registered.

"I think the ruling system wants him to come as a reaction to Trump", Karegar said.

The stagnation, which has prompted criticism from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has boosted Iran's conservatives, who also point to the aggressive rhetoric from US President Donald Trump as a sign that Rouhani's diplomatic efforts have failed.

Ahmadinejad's decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran is the main regional backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is involved militarily on the ground in that country's civil war.

He urged the Iranians, particularly, the youngsters, to actively participate in the upcoming presidential elections. The applicants will then be vetted by the Guardian Council, a clerical body that will announce a final list of candidates by April 27.

The five-day registration for the presidential election opened on April 11.

"In every aspect that you consider, figures tell us that after the (nuclear deal), there is more space for movement and progress", he told reporters last week. The council normally does not approve dissidents or women.

Ahmadinejad said the strike on Syria could have happened even if Hillary Clinton had won the USA election. "In his dreams he might envision a sort of Putin-Medvedev interplay, where he or one of his aides can hold power", Taraghi said of Ahmadinejad.

Two years later his government and six other countries reached a landmark deal, in which Iran agreed to curb its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. He suggested the US presidency is decided behind closed doors. 6- Believer and committed to the Islamic Republic of Iran's fundamentals and also official religion of the country.

Ahmadinejad registered for presidential election along with his close aide, former vice-president Hamid Baqayee.

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. At a press conference shortly after registering, Ahmadinejad called Khamenei's comments "just advice", and described his move as helping Baghaei.

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