May 15, 2005

FIRST STEP:

Iran candidates set poll record (BBC, 5/15/05)

A record 1,010 people have registered to run in Iran's presidential election next month, the interior ministry says.

Registration closed on Saturday and aspiring candidates will now wait while their applications are vetted by the hardline conservative Guardian Council.

The list of those registered includes 89 women, but the Guardian Council has already said they will not be eligible.

Among those tipped to make it through to stand on 17 June is former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Mr Rafsanjani, who was president twice from 1989 to 1997, is seen as a pragmatic conservative, open to better ties with the West but more socially conservative than the reformists, the BBC's Tehran correspondent Frances Harrison says.


Iran will have taken a simple but major step forward at the point where the Guardian Council no longer determines who can run.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2005 9:26 AM
Comments

It is beginning to look like the best solution in Iran is a candidate who kills the Guardian Council, and then wins the election by acclamation.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 15, 2005 12:38 PM

Isn't Rafsanjani a billionaire terrorist thug?

Posted by: Sandy P. at May 15, 2005 3:26 PM

Who better to kill a couple hundred mullahs in a day or two?

Posted by: ratbert at May 15, 2005 11:17 PM
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