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Iran set to begin registration of presidential election hopefuls

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The official registration of hopefuls for Iran’s 11th presidential election begins on May 7, the country’s Elections Headquarters has announced.

According to the announcement on Monday, presidential hopefuls can sign up for the race on May 7-11 at the country’s Interior Ministry.

The Iranian Constitution stipulates that presidential candidates must be religious or political figures, be Iranian in origin, have Iranian citizenship, have resourcefulness and managerial skills, have no criminal record, be trustworthy and pious, and have firm belief in the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s official religion.

More than 20 political figures have so far shown interest in running for president in the June 14 election.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election, and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for their qualifications.

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