Former Finnish PM points to signs of improvement in Russia-West relationsWorld May 24, 17:20
Russia's legendary Su-27 fighter marks 40 years since its first flightMilitary & Defense May 24, 17:19
Russian lawmaker comments on US decision to end military subsidies to UkraineRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 16:30
Nine Russian missile regiments rearmed with advanced ICBM systemsMilitary & Defense May 24, 16:01
Perm session completes cycle of regional offsite events in run-up to SPIEF 2017Press Releases May 24, 15:38
Ka-52 helicopters to have advanced weapon targeting systemMilitary & Defense May 24, 15:09
Amsterdam Court may look into appeal against Scythian Gold ruling in fallSociety & Culture May 24, 15:04
Russian ground forces to be fully rearmed with Iskander-M ballistic missiles by late 2020Military & Defense May 24, 14:58
Russian security chief calls for cooperation on cyber threatsRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 14:34
TEHRAN, May 11 (Itar-Tass) - Iran’s former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has announced his decision to run for the post of chief executive once again.
“I have come to serve the people of Iran and the people have the right either to elect or not to elect me,” the IRNA news agency quoted Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying on Saturday, May 11.
Hashemi Rafsanjani was president of Iran in 1989-1997. Now he is the head of the Expediency Council, an advisory body under the supreme leader of Iran.
Earlier in the day, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, who is the country’s chief nuclear programme negotiator, confirmed his intention to run for presidency and filed an appropriate application.
However Jalili made no comments regarding his political preferences.
The registration of presidential candidates which started on May 7 ends on May 11. According to the Interior Ministry, there are some 400 nominees wishing to compete in the upcoming election.
Now the Guardian Council has five days to evaluate the candidates for compliance with the constitutional requirements. This period may be extended for five more days, if need be. After that, the Council will announce the names of the candidates cleared for further participation in the election slated for June 14.
At the previous election four years ago, 475 candidates had been registered but the Guardian Council approved only four of them.