The Guardian Council approved six candidates but disqualified former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had been warned by Khamenei not to enter the race.
The approval of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, and Ebrahim Raisi, a political hardliner thought to have the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sets up a showdown between rival political camps.
In conversation with analyst Muhammad Sahimi on Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, the country’s deep state, the nuclear deal with the US and the Trump administration’s state.
Although the move was seen as an attempt to bolster an ally’s candidacy, it was also a challenge to the authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Rafsanjani, who showed ruthlessness while in power but later pushed for reforms, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
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