Rouhani to run for second term as president of Iran

Rouhani to run for second term as president of Iran

Earlier on Wednesday, Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had registered for the upcoming Iranian presidential election. Registration for the election begins on Tuesday and will continue until Saturday.

Iran says its missile tests are not covered by the nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ended weeks of speculation Friday when he declared he will run for a second term.

Rouhani, backed by Iranian reformers, has high chances to become a frontrunner in the presidential race.

Former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) felt sufficiently sure of the Supreme Leader's condition that he defied his order not to challenge again for the Presidency in the forthcoming Presidential election, scheduled for May 19. While many delegations have come since the lifting of sanctions, "people are not seeing a huge elevation for Iran in terms of the economy or its place on the global stage", she said. Rouhani changed his tone when he said that Iran would not seek permission by any power to develop missile and air fighters; "balance of power in the region and securing our deterrence power are two major reasons that Iran should improve its defensive capabilities", he added.

A bill to impose new sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities has been delayed in the U.S. Senate due to concerns about the presidential election.

In 2013 presidential elections more than 460 candidates submitted registrations, however the Guardian Council approved the candidacy of only 8 applicants, rejecting the candidacy of Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani.

President Rouhani also issued an order for the commence of taxiing and preparation of test flights of stealth fighter aircraft "IAIO Qaher-313" and the delivery of 20 overhauled helicopters to the Armed Forces.

"His advice does not prevent me from running", he said.

In 2016, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Raisi as head of the Imam Reza charity foundation, which owns a massive business conglomerate and endowments in Iran. As successor to the mild-mannered reformist Mohammad Khatami, he toed a strident line on Israel and the USA, refusing to meaningfully negotiate with the West over Iran's nuclear programme despite crippling economic sanctions.

The Guardian Council, which normally does not approve dissidents or women, will announce the final list of candidates by April 27.

The candidate should basically be an Iranian national, prudent and capable of taking on leadership duties, and being religious and believing in the Islamic republic's principles and its official religion.

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