Iran’s interior ministry announced the list of qualified candidates of presidential election.
Saeed Jalili, Gholam-Ali Hadad Adel, Mohsen Rezaei, Hasan Rowhani, Mohammad-Reza Aref, Mohammad Gharazi, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Ali Akbar Velayati vetted by the Guardian Council and are official candidates for upcoming presidential election.
While Earlier today, Hasanali Nouri, head of the election desk of the interior ministry said in an interview with Iranian Nasim news agency that the list of qualified candidates will be announced on Wednesday, the interior ministry suddenly issued a statement on Thursday night and announced the list.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei are not in the list of qualified candidates.
“I didn’t wanted to register for candidacy till last moments, I entered the race to serve the country and will do my best for the development of Iran and revolution till I’m alive,” Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former two-term president said in a meeting with a group of lawyers and university professors today.
Mashaei, the controversial aide of the president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said to journalists today that he believe that he can be qualified and if the Guardian Council deny him, he will appeal in a legal procedure.