Tehran – Iran has opened registration for those hoping to run in the May 19 presidential election. The official Irna news agency said Tuesday that prospective candidates can register through the end of Saturday. They will then be vetted by the Guardian Council, a clerical body that will announce a final list of candidates by April 27.
President Hassan Rouhani is eligible to run for another term. Ebrahim Raisi, close to Supreme Leader Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and Hamid Baghaei, a close ally of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have announced plans to run.