Iran roads minister to run for president

Nikzad announced his candidacy during a visit to the city of Ardebil, located about 630 kilometers (391 miles) northwest of Tehran, on Saturday, Fars News Agency reported.

The Islamic Republic’s eleventh presidential election will be held in June and presidential hopefuls will register from May 7 to May 11.

On March 24, the deputy speaker of Iran’s Majlis (parliament), Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard, announced his announced his decision to run for president.

Head of the State Inspectorate Organization of Iran, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, senior member of Iran Expediency Council, Hassan Rohani, First Vice Speaker of the Majlis Mohammad Reza Bahonar, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian, and former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki have also declared their intention to run for president.

Iran’s former minister of housing and urban development, Mohammad Saeedi-Kia, also declared his candidacy on March 18.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.


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