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Raeisi says negotiated quietly to secure qualification of more candidates

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 6:05 PM

Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Iran's Judiciary chief and a candidate in the June 18 presidential election, says he negotiated quietly to secure the qualification of more candidates following a move by vetting body Constitutional Council to disqualify a number of prominent figures, including Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri.

Raeisi took to Twitter on Friday to react to the Council's decision, implying that he held reservations about the disqualifications by the 12-member oversight panel.

"Since yesterday evening, when I was informed of the results [of the vetting process],… I have made contacts and I am holding consultations to make the election scene more competitive and participatory," he said in the tweet, which he posted right after the Interior Ministry released the final list of approved presidential candidates.

Raeisi did not say with whom he had made contacts or held consultations.

The Council approved only seven out of the 40 hopefuls who underwent vetting, themselves a small group of the over 590 individuals who had put down their names for running in the election but had not provided required documents.

The approved candidates were, besides Raeisi, Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Rezaei, Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh, Abdol-Nasser Hemmati, Alireza Zakani, and Seyyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, most of them Principlist figures.

Responding to questions about the disqualification of prominent Reformist hopefuls, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaee, the Council's spokesman, said the vetting body based its decisions on election law not on political affiliations.

He assured that the Council had meticulously examined the documents it had received.

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