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Consolidated list of presidential candidates

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Registration of candidates will begin in about two weeks, and speculation about the possible candidates began a long time ago and some have been quick to declare their candidacy. However, it is still not clear who in fact will finally be registered in the Interior Ministry. ISNA has drawn up a list of the possible candidates:

  • Yayha Al-Eshaq, the Head of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines.
  • Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, a top advisor to the Supreme Leader and member of the Expediency Discernment Council. Haddad Adel was elected Chairman of the Majlis Principlist faction in August 2012.
  • Mohammad Hassan Aboutarabi Fard , Tehran Majlis member , former First Deputy Majlis Speaker.
  • Mostafa Kavakebian, the leader of the Mardomsalari (Democracy) Party and editor-in-chief of Mardomsalari’s daily newspaper. Supported reformist Mir Hussein Moussavi in the 2009 election.
  • Mohammad Saeedi-Kia, former Minister of Housing and Urban Development and a self-declared independent candidate, although he has been identified with the principlist camp.
  • Mohammad Reza Bahonar, Kerman and Tehran representative and leader of the Islamic Society of Engineers.
  • Principlist Majlis member, Ali Reza Zakani. Recently endorsed by war veterans.
  • Ali Akbar Velayati, former Foreign Minister and now the Supreme Leader’s senior advisor on international affairs.
  • Manouchehr Mottaki, former Foreign Minister in Ahmadinejad’s government until sacked suddenly by Ahmadinejad in December 2010, while he was on a state visit to Senegal. Mottaki is an ally of Ahmadinejad’s rival, Ali Larijani.
  • Hassan Rohani, Expediency Council member and member of the Combatant Clergy Association, former Supreme National Security Council Secretary and nuclear negotiator.
  • Ali Fallahian, former Intelligence Minister under former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, now a member of the Assembly of Experts. Fallahian has been linked to the “chain murders” of Iranian dissident intellectuals and to the 1995 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.
  • Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Tehran mayor. In the 1990s, Qalibaf ran Khatam al-Anbia, an engineering firm controlled by the IRGC.
  • Mohammad Reza Aref, a reformist and former First Vice President under Khatami. Aref is a member of the Expediency Discernment Council. Aref registered as a candidate for the 2008 election, but later withdrew to protest the disqualification of reformist candidates.
  • Mohammad Shariatmadari, former Commerce Minister under Khatami and currently a member of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations and a senior advisor to Khamenei.
  • Ahmadzadeh Kermani, former director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization and a close associate of Mashaei.


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  • Published: 2 years ago on Thursday, 18 April 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: April 18, 2013 @ 1:49 pm
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