Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

BBC News reports: “Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month’s election by a government-controlled vetting body, state media report.

Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served two terms as president between 2005 and 2013.

President Hassan Rouhani and leading hardliner Ebrahim Raisi have both been approved by the Guardian Council.

A final list of candidates for the 19 May poll will be announced on 27 April.

More than 1,600 candidates sought to stand, but only about six are selected by the Guardian Council, the clerical body which vets candidates.

The nominations of Mr Rouhani and Mr Raisi will lead to a showdown between bitterly divided political camps…”

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