First female candidates vie for Iranian presidency

On Thursday, the Iran Human Rights website published a brief commentary on the legacy of President Hassan Rouhani's first term in office. Iran's presidential election is going to be held on May 19.

Ahmadinejad dismissed suggestions that the US strike on Syria might also be a warning for his country. According to Article 35 of Iranian election law, people who want to register themselves for the presidential election must have these eligibilities: 1- Religious/ political figure.

More than 130 women have registered though none have ever been allowed to stand.

The nuclear deal was engineered by the Rouhani administration and went into effect in 2016.

Political analysts said they expected Iranian voters to rally around Rouhani even though many complain that they have still seen few economic benefits from the lifting of sanctions.

Iran does not allow worldwide observers to monitor its elections.

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

Ahmadinejad said the strike on Syria could have happened even if Hillary Clinton had won the USA election.

Born into a religious family in 1948, the mid-ranking Shi'ite cleric played an active role in the opposition that overthrew the USA -backed Shah in 1979.

The inconsistent figures reflect the fact that not all executions in Iran are officially reported, as the Islamic Republic strives to limit the opportunities for domestic and worldwide protest while maintaining its longstanding legal practices.

After registering for the election at the interior ministry, Rouhani pushed back against hardliners who have criticised the nuclear deal and his efforts to reach out to the West. "It was incorrect. It later turned out to be untrue", he continued.

Raisi, 56, is a hardline cleric known for his ultra-conservative stances and great proximity with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The move has fueled speculation that Ahmadinejad registered knowing that the Guardian Council would be reluctant to risk angering his conservative base by disqualifying both him and Baghaei. "The people's vote will determine the country's fate.The economic status quo in Iran can improve", Raisi, an ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told reporters.

The foundation hosts 20 million pilgrims a year at the shrine, and has also developed into a sprawling, multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that runs everything from farms and power plants to brokerages and IT firms.

  • Leroy Wright