Azerbaijan, Baku, May 9 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Among 144 of total registered people, 11 politicians have thus far registered for the upcoming presidential elections in Iran, Mehr news agency reported.
Four more hopefuls have registered at the election headquarters recently: Mohammed Bagher Kharrazi, Ali Fallahian, Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh Kermani and Seyyed Mohammad Qarazi.
Kharrazi is an Iranian cleric and a candidate for the presidential elections to be held in 2013.
Ali Fallahian is an Iranian politician and cleric. On 19 February 2013, he announced his candidacy in the upcoming presidential election in June 2013. On 19 February 2013, Fallahian announced his candidacy for the Iranian presidential election, saying that "people's requests to me reached a threshold".
He said that his top priority would be the economy, focusing on fighting inflation and lowering the unemployment rate. He specified that he planned on continuing the subsidy reform plan, which many experts fault for undermining local businesses and the economy.
Regarding diplomatic relations with the United States, he implied that he would seek improved ties, even suggesting to put an end to the uranium enrichment program, saying "enough of nuclear", as Iran had "already mastered its knowledge". He added that he envisioned a "bright horizon" for cooperation between the two countries, especially in creating stability in Afghanistan, Iraq, Tunisia, and Egypt.
Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh Kermani is a former head of Iran's Fars province, and the current head of the Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran.
Seyyed Mohammad Qarazi is the former Oil Minister of Iran, and also former Minister of Information and Communications Technology.
Official registration of candidates for Iran's upcoming presidential elections started on May 7, and will last until May 11.
From May 12-16, Iran's Guardian Council will look into the each candidate, and determine whether a candidate is eligible for participating.
If a candidate, for some reason is not eligible for participating in the elections according to the Guardian Council, then from May 17-21, that candidate will have time to protest the decision.
Iran's Interior Ministry will unveil the names of the candidates which are competitive enough to participate in the elections on May 22-23.
After the candidates have been determined, the pre-election campaigns would begin on May 24, and end on June 12.
Iran will hold the 11th presidential election on June 14, 2013.
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