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IRAN 14 Jun 2013 Presidential election an opening for change?
The lineup for the June presidential election won’t include President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of his term limit. The candidates will

June 14, 2013 - NULL

IRAN 14 Jun 2013 Presidential election an opening for change?
The lineup for the June presidential election won't include President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of his term limit. The candidates will be vetted by the Guardian Council, which answers to ultraconservative Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This time around, Iran's currency could be a factor. It is reported to be in crisis, threatening jobs and living standards. The public could be in a dangerous mood by election time. A door opens for change - perhaps reform - if the regime decides not to flirt with danger by manipulating the lineup or the results

IRAN 14 Jun 2013 Presidential election an opening for change?
The lineup for the June presidential election won't include President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of his term limit. The candidates will be vetted by the Guardian Council, which answers to ultraconservative Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This time around, Iran's currency could be a factor. It is reported to be in crisis, threatening jobs and living standards. The public could be in a dangerous mood by election time. A door opens for change - perhaps reform - if the regime decides not to flirt with danger by manipulating the lineup or the results.

Tens of thousands protested in several Iranian cities following the Jun 2009 presidential election against what they believed was a rigged contest that gave Ahmadinejad a second term. Iran's police and security forces crushed the uprising.

The World Policy Council, an organization of analysts founded in New York in 1961, lists the potential reformist candidates as: former presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami; Mohammad-Reza Aref, Khatami's vice president and former Chancellor of the University of Tehran; Hossein Kamali, labor minister for both reformist presidents; and Esmaeil Haghparast of the Workers Party. The contenders without known reformist sympathies include: Tehran mayor, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf; Saeed Jalili, the chief nuclear negotiator and Khamenei confidant; and Ali Larijani, chairman of parliament and another past nuclear negotiator from a prominent political family.

The Guardian Council, which also vets candidates for parliamentary elections, is composed of a dozen members, half chosen by the Supreme Leader, and half proposed by the head of the judicial system, who is also a Supreme Leader appointee.

Iran has never had an independently verified presidential election, according to the World Policy Council report in October. (WRITTEN OCT 2012)
Iran presidential election, June 2013, Iran, elections, currency, candidates, Guardian Council, Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, jobs, living standards, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

RELATED READING:

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Iran's judiciary for preventing jail visit (Guardian 22 Oct 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/22/mahmoud-ahmadinejad-iran-judiciary-jail?newsfeed=true

Iranian Presidential Election: A Path to Reform (World Policy Council 18 Oct 2012)
http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2012/10/18/iranian-presidential-election-path-reform

Date written/update: 2013-06-14