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Hopefuls only must believe in Iran’s form of government and be Shiite Muslims. Under Iranian law, there’s no fee for registering. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File) In this Wednesday, April 12, 2017 file photo, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the victory sign as he arrives at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections, in Tehran, Iran. Over 1,600 people registered to run.
The Guardian Council, a clerical body that vets candidates, said it had compiled a final list of candidates earlier Thursday and that the Interior Ministry would announce their names by Sunday.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state TV says the clerical body charged with vetting candidates has disqualified former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running in next month’s presidential election.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had previously urged him not to run. Ahmadinejad, who remains a deeply polarizing figure even among Iranian hard-liners, had shocked the country by registering last week.
Ahmadinejad was president from 2005 to 2013, and was best known abroad for his incendiary rhetoric toward Israel, his questioning of the scale of the Holocaust and his efforts to ramp up Iran’s nuclear program.