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Rouhani among 6 candidates selected for Iran election

© AFP/File | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a parade on the occasion of the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran

TEHRAN (IRAN) (AFP) - 

President Hassan Rouhani was among six candidates approved Thursday by Iran's conservative-dominated Guardian Council to run in next month's election while former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred, state media reported.

The other candidates selected were hardliners Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, conservative Mostafa Mirsalim, former minister Mostafa Hashemitaba and Rouhani's ally and vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri.

Both Ahmadinejad and his close ally Hamid Baghaie were barred from running by the Guardian Council.

The former hardline president, who ruled from 2005 to 2013, shocked everyone by registering as a candidate last week against the advice of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

More than 1,600 candidates registered to run in the May 19 election, but the Guardian Council only ever selects around half a dozen.

More than 130 women registered but none has ever been allowed to stand.

© 2017 AFP