Again: Ahmadinejad Barred From Running For President Of Iran

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Iran’s Guardian Council has approved six candidates to run in the June 28 presidential election, and among the approved candidates is the hard-line parliament speaker, while former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified.

This decision marks the beginning of a brief, two-week campaign period to find a successor for Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash last month.

The leading contender is Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, 62, a former mayor of Tehran with strong connections to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Qalibaf has previously run for president in 2005 and 2013, and he withdrew from the 2017 race to back Raisi in his first presidential attempt. Raisi eventually won the 2021 election, which saw historically low voter turnout due to the disqualification of major opponents.

Other candidates in the race include Saeed Jalili, a former senior nuclear negotiator; Tehran mayor Alireza Zakani; former justice minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi; Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, who was Raisi’s vice president; and reformist Masoud Pezeshkian, who is not considered a strong contender.

Ahmadinejad had registered for the election last week, hoping to make a comeback to the country’s top political office. Despite his efforts, he was once again barred by the Guardian Council, as he was in 2017.

Ahmadinejad served as Iran’s President from 2005 to 2013. Notably, he once stated that his “proudest moment” as President was denying the Holocaust. In 2019, he claimed he was not antisemitic, clarifying that he opposed the “Zionist government” rather than Jewish people.



  1. Guy looks like a gopher, all right. Always though he was the meanest thing around. Now he was the sterio wilde khayya to go on a tunnel rampage and produce the Rocky Horror Show. Esther Malka is definitely monkeying around with the with the Shia grandiose performance. Maybe Dvorah downed the plane. HaKol bi-Siyata d’Shmyma. B”H. Bad time for fiends.

  2. Apparently, this Nutjob is either not radical enough for the ayatoilets in charge, OR is too independent to be their lap dog.

    I bless the Iranian people to have their entire leadership take airborne trips over mountainous terrain in aged and unserviceable helicopters. Amen.


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