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article imageInsight to Iran's 2013 Presidential election

By Saunon Malek     Jun 6, 2013 in World
Nearly four years ago, millions of angry Iranians took to the streets to protest President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second term victory, in what erupted to be a series of violent riots, lasting months.
This year, on June 14, the Iranian presidential elections will be held once again, in what many hope, this time, to be a tranquil and undisturbed race.
According to CNN’s Tara Kangarlou, approximately 680 hopefuls had signed up to take part of the 2013 presidential race. Among the hopefuls included former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad’s handpicked successor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, as well as Iranian American scholar, Hooshang Amirahmadi. All three politicians were turned down however, by the Guardian Council – a board composed of six clerics and six lawyers, commanded by the Supreme Leader, assigned with the task of choosing worthy presidential candidates.
This year, the council vetted eight potential candidates, among them including Tehran’s Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, and Iran’s head of the National Security Council Saeed Jalili – the main spokesman for Iran’s ambitious nuclear program. Several other candidates such as Ali Akbar Velayati, Hassan Rouhani, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Mohsen Rezaee, Mohammad Gharazi, and Mohammad Reza Aref, will also be competing in the race.
Iran’s state-run news network, Press TV, reported that people from across the country will be voting at 66,000 polling stations, along with an additional 285 stations placed in foreign countries.
In Iran, presidents are allowed to run for a maximum of two, four-year terms, and as President Ahmadinejad nears the end of his second, and last term, many have began to question where Iran will be headed with its nuclear program, as well as if a foreign intervention is becoming more imminent. Just where exactly the fate of the Islamic Republic lies, is still yet to be determined.
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