Over Dozen High-Profile Figures Sign up for Iran Presidential Race
The number of high-profile figures to have registered for the 12th presidential election in Iran so far has surpassed a dozen, as the registration process for presidential hopefuls enters its fifth and last day.
A list of the figures appears below in the order of their registration dates:
Seyyed Mostafa Mir-Salim, a member of the Expediency Council; a former caretaker of the Presidential Office; a senior aide to former President Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, an ex-minister of culture and Islamic guidance under ex-President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and the head of the central committee of the Islamic Coalition Party.
Masoud Zaribafan, a former chairman of Iran’s Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs; a former vice president under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the latter’s second four-year term; and a former member of the 2nd Tehran City Council.
Hamid Baghaei, the former head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Ahmadinejad’s first presidential term; the ex-caretaker of the Presidential Office; and a former vice president for Ahmadinejad.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former two-time president; a member of the Expediency Council; and a former Tehran mayor.
Seyyed Mostafa Hashemitaba, former minister of heavy industries under ex-prime minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar; a former minister of industry under former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi; the former head of the Sports Organization and a former vice president in Rinafsanjani’s second presidential term and Khatami’s first term; and a member of the 1st Tehran City Council.
Seyyed Mohammad Gharazi, a former member of the Parliament; a former oil minister under Bahonar and Mousavi; a former minister of post, telegraph and telephone under Mousavi and Hashemi Rafsanjani; and a former member of the 1st Tehran City Council.
Mehdi Kalhor, a former media adviser to Ahmadinejad; and a former adviser to the ex-president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
Hassan Norouzi, a former member of the Parliament.
Mohsen Gharavian, a teacher at the center of seminary studies in the holy city of Qom.
Mostafa Kavakebian, a member of the Parliament; and the head of Mardomsalari Party.
Alireza Zakani, the director of jahannews website; a former member of the Parliament; the secretary general of the Society of the Pathseekers of the Islamic Revolution; and a former head of Iran’s Students Basij Organization.
Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent; a member of the Expediency Council; a member of the 3rd and 5th rounds of the Assembly of Experts; a former member of the Parliament; the ex-secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) under Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami; and the ex-head of the Center for Strategic Studies at the SNSC.
Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the city of Mashhad; a member of the Expediency Council; a member of 4th and 5th rounds of the Assembly of Experts; Tehran’s former prosecutor; an ex-head of Iran’s General Inspection Organization; a former deputy at Iran’s Judiciary, a former top prosecutor of the country; and the former chairman of the IRIB Supervisory Council.