Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Cameron's EU Charm Offensive

Read more

DEBATE

David Cameron's EU Tour: British PM Mets Europe's Leaders to Plead his Cause (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

David Cameron's EU Tour: British PM Mets Europe's Leaders to Plead his Cause (part 1)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Jordan 'needs more assistance' from international community for Syrian refugees

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Paris UN climate conference 'will be a success'

Read more

ENCORE!

Rapper's delights: 'Hip-Hop, from the Bronx to the Arab Street'

Read more

FOCUS

The plight of civilians in Darfur's never-ending conflict

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Greece says a deal is close, Germany says no progress made

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'FIFA Nostra'

Read more

Middle east

Ex-president Rafsanjani to run in Iran election

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-05-11

Iran’s former-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ally Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei both registered as candidates for the June presidential election on Saturday.

Iran’s powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has entered the race for the June presidential election.

Simultaneously, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s close confident Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei also signed up in the last minutes before Saturday’s registration deadline.

State TV showed both men at the Interior Ministry registering their names. A smiling Ahmadinejad accompanied Mashaei and raised the man’s hand in a gesture of support.

The registration of the two hopefuls puts forward a tough challenge to conservative candidates loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and will likely intensify competition between rival groups at the June 14 vote.

Rafsanjani is now the prime hopeful for reformists, who were widely crushed and left leaderless after massive street protests following Ahmadinejad’s disputed 2009 election victory.

(AP)

Date created : 2013-05-11

  • IRAN

    Divided, Iranian conservatives still dominate in run-up to elections

    Read more

  • IRAN-VENEZUELA

    Ahmadinejad under fire for hugging Chavez's mother

    Read more

  • IRAN

    Iran ‘open’ to bilateral talks with US

    Read more

COMMENT(S)