Iran: Ahmadinejad blocked from running for president

Apr 21, 2017, 8:12 AM EDT
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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Iran’s Guardian Council, the government-controlled body that vets the candidates for elections, barred former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the contesting the polls on Thursday. In a surprise move, Ahmadinejad registered his candidacy last week despite his previous denials about re-running for the presidency.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, who appoints half of the Guardian Council members, has earlier urged Ahmadinejad not to contest the elections, writes the BBC.

Ahmadinejad’s two terms in presidential office, from 2005 to 2013, pushed Iran into a state of diplomatic isolation and economic struggle in addition, which sparked huge nationwide protests at the beginning of his second term, notes Al Jazeera.